Indigenous Rights

Indigenous & Newcomer Friendships wrapped up in Thunder Bay

April 5, 2018

The final of five Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships events was held on March 22 in Thunder Bay, on the traditional territory of the Fort William First Nation. Entitled Moving Forward Together, it attracted more than 200 people to Dennis Franklin…

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Reflecting on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

March 14, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is a tool developed in 1997 by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in which participants learn about European colonization of Turtle Island (North America), the accompanying dispossession of Indigenous peoples (reflected by the steady removal…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Edmonton Indigenous and newcomer communities gather for reconciliation, March 10

March 1, 2018

Edmonton event is one of five KAIROS’ Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships events in four cities and provinces (Edmonton, AB) – KAIROS Canada, in partnership with local organizations, presents Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community in Edmonton…

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Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships – for a just and inclusive community

February 28, 2018

KAIROS and its partners invite Indigenous peoples and newcomers  in Canada to join in a series of reconciliation events running until March 2018 entitled, Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community. KAIROS believes Canada’s future can be…

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KAIROS stands with young Indigenous people

February 23, 2018

On February 23, the day after a jury in Winnipeg returned a not guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine, people across the country are wrapping themselves in blankets in a powerful , poignant and public expression of care…

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Letter to the Editor: Colten Boushie/Gerald Stanley trial proves our justice system isn’t working

February 17, 2018

Originally published on February 17, 2018 in the Saturday Star. “The acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of Colten Boushie is a stark reminder of how much work still needs to be done to address systemic and systematic…

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Recent verdict affirms the urgent need to fight racism through education

February 13, 2018

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley, who was found not guilty of second degree murder by an all white jury in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, is a stark…

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UNDRIP bill passes second reading! Please thank your MP or urge future support

February 8, 2018

Bill C-262 passed second reading with flying colours on February 7 thanks to the efforts of Canadians who encouraged their Members of Parliament to support it. The bill will ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the…

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Un vote important sur le projet de loi relatif à la DNUDPA – demandez à votre député de l’approuver!

February 1, 2018

Le 5 février prochain, la Chambre des communes va débattre du projet de loi C-262 et passera au vote le 7 février pour décider s’il sera adopté ou non en deuxième lecture. Ce projet de loi permettrait d’assurer que les…

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Important vote on UNDRIP bill – please urge your MP to support it!

January 31, 2018

The House of Commons will debate Bill C-262 on February 5 and vote on February 7 to decide whether or not it will pass second reading. The Bill would ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the…

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RCMP to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise in all cadet training

December 12, 2017

RCMP instructors receive training in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the RCMP Academy in Regina. Photo by RCMP Academy, 2017. Written by Tali Folkins. Originally published in the Anglican Journal on December 12, 2017. Starting this December, the training of…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: All RCMP cadets to participate in powerful reconciliation exercise

December 5, 2017

RCMP Academy to use KAIROS Blanket Exercise to educate all cadets on the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples (Toronto, ON) – KAIROS Canada is pleased to announce that the Regina-based RCMP Academy will use the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to…

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RCMP cadets at Depot Division in Regina will soon have a better understanding of Indigenous history in Canada

December 4, 2017

RCMP introducing Indigenous blanket exercise for all new cadets Photo: Sara Anderson (left), KAIROS Blanket Exercise Co-ordinator, leads a group of RCMP officers and staff through the blanket exercise. TROY FLEECE / REGINA LEADER-POST Originally published on December 4, 2017,…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise wrapped into RCMP cadet training

December 4, 2017

Training educates cadets on history and experience of Indigenous people Photo: RCMP Academy instructors take part in a blanket exercise in Regina this morning. These instructors will reproduce the exercise for new RCMP cadets as part of cadet training, as of…

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Federal, Provincial Governments Must Fund Treatment Facility for Mercury Poisoning in Grassy Narrows

November 28, 2017

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, prominent human rights and environmental organizations today are urging the federal and provincial governments to ensure people from the Grassy Narrows First Nation have access to…

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Canadian government supports UNDRIP bill; action still needed

November 22, 2017

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced on November 20, 2017 that the Government of Canada will support private member’s Bill C-262 when it comes up for second reading on December 4 in the House of Commons. Support for C-262 was a…

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Strangers become friends at KAIROS’ first Indigenous and Newcomers Friendship event

November 6, 2017

KAIROS’ Alfredo Barahona walks us through the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event at St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, N.B, on October 28, which he and Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Migrant Justice and Asia Partnerships Coordinator, helped organize. Connie Sorio…

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Open Letter to the Government of British Columbia: Upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples means stopping Site C

November 3, 2017

The Site C dam is a project that should never have been approved. As the British Columbia Utilities Commission has now concluded after a long overdue review of the cost and purpose of this project, completing Site C offers little…

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KAIROS urges you to support the Spirit Bear Plan

November 3, 2017

The Spirit Bear Plan has been launched! This initiative by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada calls on you to help end inequalities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families by urging the…

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Letter to the editor: Clean up pollution now in Indigenous communities

October 26, 2017

Decades of neglect, Oct. 24 The environmental commissioner of Ontario is right to condemn years of inaction by government in addressing toxic pollution in Indigenous communities. The lack of information being provided to communities about their exposure to deadly toxins…

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A Feast of Gifts: Opening the door to new friendships

October 24, 2017

Invite your neighbours to a cultural and culinary feast! Every community includes Indigenous people, newcomers to Canada and long time settlers yet these groups are often isolated from one another. KAIROS invites you to consider planning A Feast of Gifts…

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Faith-based group commits to reconciling with Indigenous people

October 22, 2017

Photo: In the blanket exercise, blankets represent land belonging to Indigenous people prior to contact. As the game goes on, the blankets become smaller, with large distances between them. Listen to podcast. Churches played a major role in residential schools, and…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Indigenous and newcomer communities gather in Fredericton for reconciliation, Oct 28

October 9, 2017

St. Mary’s First Nation hosts first KAIROS Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada launches the first Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community event on Saturday, October 28 at St. Mary’s First Nation…

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Amitiés entre Autochtones et nouveaux arrivants – pour une communauté juste et inclusive

October 5, 2017

À partir de cet automne et jusqu’en mars 2018 KAIROS et ses partenaires invitent les Autochtones et les nouveaux arrivants au Canada à participer à une série d’événements de réconciliation intitulée Amitiés entre Autochtones & nouveaux arrivants – pour une…

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UPDATE: Winds of Change in Manitoba and BC

October 4, 2017

The Winds of Change have been active in Manitoba and British Columbia thanks to the efforts of local KAIROS organizers. In Manitoba, the KAIROS Cambrian Agassiz group met with the Manitoba Ministry of Education and Training on August 25. Education…

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End inequities for all services for First Nations children and families

September 25, 2017

This important open letter to PM Trudeau signed by prominent Canadians has just been posted. It calls on Canada to immediately implement the CHRT and end inequities for all services for First Nations children and families.   https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/justin-trudeau-open-letter-to-pm-give-first-nations-children-an-equal-chance/article36372720/ Please sign the…

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‘There’s a reason that truth comes before reconciliation’

September 19, 2017

“You will now be placed on reserves,” Siobhan Rowan told the evening crowd assembled in East Lynn Park on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for Ward 32’s first ever Kitchi Blanket Exercise. The exercise teaches participants about Indigenous history and the effects…

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