Indigenous Rights

Pope’s long-awaited, historic apology for Catholic Church’s role in Indian Residential Schools important first step

April 4, 2022

The 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience or by the information in this report – 1.800.721.0066 / 1.866.925.4419  During the final, public audience with…

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Indigenous Women’s March in defense of land and natural resources in Brazil

March 28, 2022

Highlighting MERE Hub Brazil  Led by Indigenous women, Indigenous people mobilized in 2021 to counter governmental attempts to further dispossess and displace them of their lands and territories. The Brazilian government is seeking to open large areas to both domestic…

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Kaji’ Ajpop Strengthens Indigenous Women’s Rights in Guatemala

March 1, 2022

KAIROS has a long history of working with partners in Guatemala on Indigenous rights, environmental and land defense, and gender justice. In 2021, KAIROS began exploring a new partnership and supporting the work of Kaji’ Ajpop, an association that promotes…

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KAIROS wish list 2022

February 1, 2022

As Canada and the world grapples with multiple crises, including pandemic related impacts and extreme weather events fueled by global heating, KAIROS calls on all levels of government in Canada to prioritize a just and equitable recovery. This includes a…

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Statement on the violent removal of Indigenous land defenders by the RCMP

December 2, 2021

Promises of reconciliation are empty when the RCMP continues to arrest Indigenous people on their own land.  KAIROS Canada joined members of Climate Action Network – Canada (CAN-Rac) to call on federal ministers Marco Mendicino and Marc Miller and BC…

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Opportunities and highlights from the Regional Gatherings

December 1, 2021

The three KAIROS regional gatherings – Great Lakes-St. Lawrence, Prairies North, and Atlantic – that happened in November were opportunities to share how the KAIROS network is learning and acting for justice, particularly for reconciliation. You may also be interested in reading Reflections on the Regional Gatherings….

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Finding your roots in the Treaties: Reflections on the Regional Gatherings

December 1, 2021

The deeper we are connected to our ancestral roots, [the more we find] we are all in the same place because we have all been taught, no matter where we are at or where we come from on this planet, we are being taught…

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Letter of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders

November 5, 2021

KAIROS joins representatives of an ecumenical community to register our solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en peoples who are defending their lands in opposition to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. This pipeline violates the fundamental right of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)…

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Congratulations to all the winners of the youth poster contest

November 1, 2021

To mark its 20th anniversary, KAIROS wants to lift up the artistic work of young activists. We asked for original artwork that shares a message of justice, peace and hope – artwork that will help us as a movement and…

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Testimonio and Storytelling: Canadian extractivism in territories affected by genocide

October 27, 2021

Join KAIROS, Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN), the Department of Human Rights at St. Thomas University, MiningWatch Canada, Atlantic Human Rights Centre, Solidarité Fredericton, NB Media Coop, and Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Solidarity Network on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 6:00pm EST for “Testimonio and Storytelling: Canadian extractivism in territories affected by…

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KAIROS Mandate Letters to the Prime Minister of Canada

October 25, 2021

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,  We at KAIROS write to you during a kairos moment, when multiple crises have converged and opportunities arise for transformational change. In our work we advocate for such change in elevating the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, women, temporary foreign workers, and ecological systems.   The climate crisis and COVID-19,…

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Thank you, Mi’kmaq Grandmothers, for protecting land and water through Indigenous self-determination

October 25, 2021

KAIROS welcomes the decommissioning of the Alton Gas Project and honours and thanks the Mi’kmaq Grandmothers for all their efforts in the protection of land and water.   The Mi’kmaq Grandmothers have been steadfast in their defense of the Shubenacadie River system, treaty rights, and their ancestral homelands for years. Despite intimidation, coercion, and criminalization from the part of various governments, companies,…

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Spirited Reflection: Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 28, 2021

A growing, Indigenous-led, grassroots movement has claimed September 30 as Orange Shirt Day – a day to remember and honour the students of Residential Schools – since 2013. This year the federal government has responded to TRC Call to Action 80 and…

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A reflection on Decolonizing Ourselves: Land and the Spirit of Treaty

August 25, 2021

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, I had the privilege of joining approximately 60 others “on the land” at Fort Carlton, an hour or so north of Saskatoon. We were mostly settlers, interested in learning and thinking about land in new,…

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Bill C-15 on its way to becoming law

June 18, 2021

This week marks an important moment which will be remembered as a good day in the struggle to uphold and recognize Indigenous Rights in Canada.   With its passage in the Senate, Bill C-15, An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is now…

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Passage of national UN Declaration Implementation Act a milestone for Indigenous rights and reconciliation

June 17, 2021

Nations and organizations are celebrating the fact that long awaited and hard-fought national legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) has successfully passed the final vote in the Senate. Bill C-15 An Act Respecting the…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | The Condor & The Eagle

June 14, 2021

For the June instalment of the Women Resisting Extractivism film night, KAIROS has partnered with theLegacy of Hope Foundationfor a screening and discussion of The Condor & The Eagle.  This online event features co-hosts Chrystal Waban from KAIROS’ Indigenous Rights…

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TAKE ACTION! Urge senators to pass Bill C-15

June 10, 2021

The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Coalition), of which KAIROS is a member, calls on all senators to ensure that Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration), is adopted into law.  The bill, which fulfills an election promise to…

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ELMNT FM Moment of Truth: Interview with Connor Sarazin

June 9, 2021

The interview covers the MMIWG info-hub, an overview of KAIROS, including the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers project. ELMNT FM Moment of Truth is hosted by David Moses.

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For truth and accountability: Justice for the death of First Nation children in Canada

June 9, 2021

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination (IPMSDL), KAIROS partner in the Philippines, joins the utmost condemnation of the evidence of genocide towards Indigenous Peoples and First Nations of Canada with the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous…

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KAIROS echoes faith communities and Indigenous nations’ calls for accountability to mark numerous reconciliation anniversaries

June 9, 2021

Today’s beginning of Indigenous History Month has been overshadowed by the recovery of 215 stolen children at a former Indian residential school in British Columbia.   Simultaneously, we are fast approaching the second anniversary of the 231 Calls for Justice for MMIWG2Spirit. These anniversaries and headlines have spurred feelings of grief and many of us are revisiting the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action, yet another report’s anniversary…

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“Missing children and burial information” current status of the TRC Calls to Action

June 4, 2021

Indigenous Watchdog tracks and reports on how reconciliation is progressing in Canada across all 94 Calls to Action. With the recent discovery of a mass grave with 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School located on the…

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Ensure Bill C-15’s passage into law

June 2, 2021

KAIROS is encouraged to see the House of Commons once again adopt UNDRIP legislation. Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, passed third reading in the House of Commons on May 25. Three years ago, Bill C-262, Romeo Saganash’s private Member’s UNDRIP bill – on which Bill C-15…

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A critical moment for upholding the human rights of Indigenous peoples

May 11, 2021

Our Nations and organizations welcome the significant progress that is being made toward adoption of federal legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A House of Commons committee has completed its review Bill C-15…

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KAIROS’ response to federal budget 2021

May 4, 2021

Heralded as a shift from the Washington Consensus, a doctrine of free-market economic policies that prioritizes austerity over social support, Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience outlines $101.4 billion in new spending targeted at those who were hit hard by pandemic – specifically women. While KAIROS applauds the shift to greater social…

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KAIROS statement on the death of The Honourable Thomas Berger

May 3, 2021

News of the death of former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger on April 28, 2021 at the age of 88 resonated deeply throughout the KAIROS network. A ground-breaking lawyer and activist, Justice Berger will be remembered for his willingness to listen to and advocate for Indigenous peoples…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | Firewater Thunderbird Rising

April 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Thursday, May 20th at 7:00pm EDT for the fourth installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This penultimate session will be hosted by Tasheena Sarazin, an Algonquin artist with roots from Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Bear Island. Tasheena is a hard-working mother of three children and an active member…

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The gendered impacts of the mining industry in Brazil

April 29, 2021

The impacts of the mining industry in Brazil are best known by the two major tailing dam bursts that took place in Mariana (2015) and Brumadinho (2019) in the state of Minas Gerais. These human-made disasters took the life of hundreds of people and caused massive environmental destruction. However, well before these breaches, the mining industry had been a source of afflictions and human rights…

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