Indigenous Rights

Chat with Activists: Kenn Stright on passionate activism

April 1, 2019

Kenn Stright has worked tirelessly for social and ecological rights for more than 40 years. A retired Presbyterian Minister, and past KAIROS Atlantic Regional Representative, Kenn is on the planning team for Streams of Justice: Atlantic Gathering 2019. We recently…

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Spirited Reflection: The outsider insider perspective- how a KBE changed me

March 29, 2019

I am a settler in Canada and having immigrated from India about a year ago, I felt a longing need not just to belong here, but also to be able to connect with the cultural and historical past of this…

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Budget 2019: KAIROS analysis

March 28, 2019

While Budget 2019 contains encouraging investments in Indigenous communities and the transition to a clean energy economy, it falls short in many other areas. What follows is an assessment of what Budget 2019 means for issues related to the KAIROS…

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Regional news – Thank you Janet Gray!

March 28, 2019

As a community we offer a huge ‘Thank you’ to Janet Gray for 6 years of dedicated and creative service in the role of KAIROS British Columbia Yukon Regional Representative. There are many, many volunteers across the country who give…

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Spirited Reflection: This land’s not my land, This land’s not your land

March 7, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor” …. (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) So begins a recitation of the history of the people who wandered, were enslaved in Egypt, and then, through the Exodus, eventually came to the promised…

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Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

March 1, 2019

SHINING A HARSH LIGHT ON THE IMPACTS OF COLONIZATION On a cloudy, fall afternoon at NAIT Main Campus, a circle of chairs are arranged around five patterned blankets laid flat on the floor. It’s a homey scene – one of…

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Communities coming together for Reconciliation

February 19, 2019

Reflections on the Blanket Exercise On June 9th, 2018, Vancouver Monthly Meeting gathered with the Vancouver Unitarian community on unceded Musqueam and Coast Salish territory in a beautiful intergenerational Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by…

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Spirited Reflection: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the killing of Colten Boushie

February 15, 2019

When an apparently all-white jury acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley a year ago of any wrongdoing in the August 2016 killing of 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, their action pierced the hearts of Indigenous people and their allies across Turtle…

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Federal, provincial and territorial interpretation and implementation of FPIC must be aligned with Canada’s human rights obligations

February 14, 2019

In December, in two separate letters issued under their Early-Warning Measures and Urgent Action Procedures, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called on Canada to seek independent, expert advice on implementation of the right of…

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Ecumenical letter to Senators on Bill C-262

February 8, 2019

Ten faith based organizations urge Canada’s Senators to support Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. In a joint letter released on February 7, the Senators were reminded that the time for action is now. KAIROS…

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Spirited Reflection: When called to paths toward reconciliation

February 6, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 Luke 5:1-11 we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5) For me, 2018 was a year…

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Christians working on global issues can be a thankless job

January 17, 2019

Finding pathways to truth and reconciliation has become the latest focus for Christian activists in Canada. The nation’s churches and church members have been active on social justice issues over many decades, a Lethbridge audience was reminded Thursday. But Joe…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise a sad journey into Indigenous history

January 8, 2019

It was like gazing at a map of the world, but one turned upside-down. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a two-hour journey through 400 years of tragedy, and it evokes a powerful sense of the wrongs Indigenous people have suffered…

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Needs Improvement: Educators make progress on Indigenous curriculum, but more work to do

December 14, 2018

In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to include more study on Indigenous issues in school curriculum, it appears educators across the country are taking the recommendations to heart. In its second report card on how Canadian…

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“We’re definitely not the best nation in the world,” school children learn about colonialism

December 5, 2018

“Getting to the truth was hard, but getting to reconciliation will be harder. It requires that the paternalistic and racist foundations of the residential school system be rejected as the basis for an ongoing relationship. “Reconciliation requires that a new…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Ireland

December 3, 2018

A KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) team travelled to Ireland in November to facilitate the exercise for Trócaire, a development and emergency relief agency that works “to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of…

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Ecumenical Community writes PM regarding recent Supreme Court decision

November 21, 2018

On November 9, in response to the Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada Supreme Court of Canada decision, KAIROS Canada and Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are fully involved…

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Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation update in BC

November 7, 2018

On October 30, 2018 a delegation consisting of Janet Gray (BC-Yukon KAIROS Regional Representative) Susan Draper (KAIROS Victoria), Rev. Laura Kavanagh (KAIROS national steering committee member), Ruth D’Hollander (Aboriginal Neighbours), and Indigenous leaders and educators, Nella and Alex Nelson, met…

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Ontario mustn’t backslide on education about Indigenous issues

October 29, 2018

It was déjà vû. When the Ontario government cancelled curriculum-writing sessions this summer on truth and reconciliation, I was immediately taken back to 1998 when I was part of a team writing curriculum for the Ontario Ministry of Education. At…

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NEW VIDEO: Launch of updated Education for Reconciliation Report Card

October 10, 2018

Photo: Ellen Wood, Jennifer Henry, Alison Cox, Shannon Perez, Cheryl McNamara, Susie McPherson and Ed Bianchi. The E4R Report Card was released on October 9th, 2018 at a press conference at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg….

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MEDIA RELEASE: Encouraging progress on TRC Call to Action 62.i: Education for Reconciliation

October 9, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) – The majority of provinces and territories are making progress towards implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 62.i – also known as Education for Reconciliation, according to KAIROS Canada in its updated…

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At University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, leaders take part in KAIROS Blanket Exercise that teaches Indigenous history and trauma

September 27, 2018

  Photo by Liam Mitchell: Department chairs and senior leaders in the Faculty of Medicine participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.   Dr. Lisa Richardson, co-lead of Indigenous Medical Education in the MD Program, says that the KAIROS Blanket Exercise is…

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Spirited Reflection: Orange Shirt Day

September 18, 2018

Orange Shirt Day is on Sunday, September 30. The day is inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad’s experience. On her first day at residential school in 1973, Phyllis was stripped of her new orange shirt, a shirt that had brought her…

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Urge Senators to support the UN Declaration Act

September 18, 2018

Join KAIROS in urging all Senators to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. KAIROS is part of a Coalition of Faith Based Organizations* that is focused on ensuring that the…

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Federal Court of Appeal overturns approvals for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

September 14, 2018

  September 5, 2018 “I’m glad today the courts heard the teachings of our culture and our spirit…” Chief Rueben George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation KAIROS Canada recognizes the importance of the August 30 Federal Court of Appeal decision to overturn…

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