Indigenous Rights

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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Time to rethink the model: distinctions-based framework is colonial, sexist, and simply doesn’t work

April 22, 2021

Invite us to the table. End the discrimination. And respectfully use a distinction-based approach when it is needed. Not as a blanket approach to exclude women and gender diverse people or other relevant stakeholders. The federal government likes to say…

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First climate change lawsuit in Ecuador

April 19, 2021

La versión en español de este blog sigue a continuación.  The following is a summary and update from Ivonne Yánez of Acción Ecológica (Ecuador) on the status of the first climate change lawsuit to be heard in Ecuador. Acción Ecológica is a KAIROS global partner.   Acción Ecológica, together with the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT),…

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IPMSDL hosts third Women Resisting Extractivism Film Night

April 13, 2021

KAIROS would like to thank the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL) for hosting the April Session of the Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club.  Over seventy people joined the evening to watch the documentaries Ground Zero and Imaset, which were introduced by Beverly Longid through video. And listen…

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New decolonization resource: Listening to Indigenous Voices

March 29, 2021

A new resource from the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice that seeks to stimulate dialogue and action in favour of justice and decolonization will be available in April in both English and French. Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | “Ground Zero”

March 29, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Monday, April 12th at 8:00pm EDT (8:00am Tuesday, April 13 in the Philippines) for the third installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   This third session will be hosted by Beverly Longid of international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation (IPMSDL). IPMSDL have chosen the documentary “Ground Zero.” The…

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Local delegation to deliver global Anglican leaders petition, March 8, to Vancouver mining company

March 7, 2021

Anglican Bishops worldwide urge ReconAfrica to halt oil drilling in sensitive Kavango Basin, Namibia What  A small delegation representing KAIROS Canada will attempt to deliver a petition on behalf of 34 Anglican Bishops worldwide to mining company, ReconAfrica (Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd.) at its Vancouver headquarters on March 8 urging it…

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Statement from KAIROS BC-Yukon on Site C Dam

March 4, 2021

“The decision violates Indigenous peoples’ rights, represents a blatant disregard for reconciliation, and ignores the fact the project is economically unsound and environmentally harmful.”  KAIROS Statement on Site C Dam, Dec. 14, 2017 February 26, 2021, was a sad day for…

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Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club: March 16, 7PM EST

February 28, 2021

Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub on Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00pm EST for the second installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.   Hosted by members of the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, Nancy Fuentes…

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This is what we fought for: An open letter in support of #UNDRIP

February 10, 2021

An open letter in support of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples For more than two decades, Indigenous leaders and human rights advocates fought to have the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted…

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Experiential KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) goes virtual

February 10, 2021

KAIROS launches “impactful” online KBE  (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada launches its virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE) after six months of development, offering participants an alternative to the in-person KBE during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  Hosted on the Zoom platform, the vKBE has incorporated new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of…

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KAIROS 2021 Wish List

February 3, 2021

As Canada continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that we are in a ‘kairos’ moment. In that spirit, KAIROS Canada wishes the following in 2021…  That the Canadian government, provinces and territories: Work with Indigenous family members and survivors, gender-diverse people, and Indigenous…

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Ecumenical letter to Minister Garneau calls on Canada to respond to escalating human rights violations in the Philippines

January 29, 2021

KAIROS,  the Anglican Church of Canada  and the United Church of Canada, in solidarity with partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice), have written a letter to the Minister…

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