Indigenous Rights

Reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30, 2022

September 29, 2022

By Jose Zarate, PWRDF The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada concluded and issued its Final Report and Calls to Action in June 2015. Implementing the Calls to Action represents an incredible opportunity and responsibility for individuals, families, communities,…

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Connecting the dots

September 28, 2022

Remember connect-the-dots pictures? Many are incredibly simple (like this bunny) – the image sometimes could even be discerned without drawing the lines between dots. But some pictures are much more complicated, with the picture emerging from all those unconnected points…

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Sharing Indigenous knowledge for those willing to listen

September 24, 2022

For numerous generations, Indigenous peoples have had unique, respectful and sacred ties to the land that sustained them. They do not claim ownership of Mother Earth, but rather, declare a sense of stewardship towards the land and all of its…

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Listening to All My Relations

September 23, 2022

First Nations relationships fully embrace the notion that people and their families are strongly connected to the communities they live in, their ancestors and future descendants, the land they live on, the plants, animals and other creatures that live upon…

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Resources for September 30

September 22, 2022

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, or Orange Shirt Day. This day remembers and honours Survivors, families, and communities who continue to be affected by the horrendous legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the related impacts…

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Introducing Tia Kennedy, youth delegate

September 22, 2022

Meet Tia Kennedy. She is one of the KAIROS/For the Love of Creation youth delegates in COP 27 delegation. Tia is from the Oneida Nation of The Thames and Walpole Island First Nation. She has recently begun working for the…

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Alison Cox, Three Fires Confederacy

September 20, 2022

Meet Alison Cox/Morning Star Woman. Alison is an Anishinabe Ikwe Grandmother from the Mermaid Clan, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Three Fires Confederacy of the Robinson Huron Treaty lands in Ontario. Alison is married with four children and three grandchildren. She…

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Clifford Mushquash, Anishinaabe from Pawgwasheen

September 20, 2022

Meet Clifford Mushquash, Anishinaabe from Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation) on the northshore of GichiGami (Lake Superior). Clifford is currently completing a Masters in Public Health with a Specialization in Indigenous and Northern Health at Lakehead University. He is committed…

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Week 4 – COP27 Solidarity- Indigenous Partners

September 19, 2022

During Indigenous Solidarity Week, we turn our attention to the Indigenous peoples and youth members of the KAIROS/For the Love of Creation delegation to COP27 in Sharm E-Sheikh, Egypt in November. Each delegate greets us with a video that will…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes global in Australia, Sept 28

September 15, 2022

Internationally coordinated Blanket Exercise at World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education  (Toronto – Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit) – An internationally coordinated participatory exercise that highlights the impacts of colonization from Indigenous peoples’ perspectives will be presented…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes global at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference

September 7, 2022

An internationally coordinated KAIROS Blanket Exercise that highlights the impacts of colonization from Indigenous peoples’ perspectives will be presented in in Adelaide, Australia on September 26 during the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education.  This World KAIROS Blanket Exercise amalgamates scripts…

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Collaboration secures funding for Sixties Scoop Network

August 12, 2022

We are excited to announce the Sixties Scoop Network (SSN) in collaboration with KAIROS Canada has successfully secured funding from the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation. As a recipient, this funding will further support the Bigwen 60s Scoop Healing Initiatives and…

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Sign the petition in support of Indian Day School survivors

June 28, 2022

Federal Indian Day School Survivors need your help. A Class Action lawsuit seeks compensation for damages and abuses suffered by all Indian Day School students who were forced to attend Indian Day Schools and who were excluded from the Indian…

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Honouring Indigenous Peoples on this Day

June 21, 2022

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Church reflections on anniversary of unmarked burial findings

June 1, 2022

Please contact the 24-Hour Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you require emotional support. For more information and support, visit the First Nations Health Authority. A year ago, on May 27 the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that 215 unmarked graves had been located…

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Pope’s July visit to Canada focused on Indigenous healing and reconciliation

June 1, 2022

On May 13, the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis, “having accepted invitations from civil and ecclesiastical authorities, as well as the Indigenous communities,” will travel to Canada from July 24 – 30 and visit the cities of…

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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…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

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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