Indigenous Rights

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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Share your story on COVID’s impact on Education for Reconciliation

January 25, 2021

KAIROS needs your help. We would love to hear your answers to the following questions to guide our plans to fully realize Education for Reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 62.  If you are able to please respond to the following (as a teacher, parent or student). We would love to hear from you! Please forward this…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Elders lead online interactive sessions to foster Reconciliation

January 12, 2021

KAIROS launches winter series of KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles, January 19  (Ottawa, Ontario) – Fostering positive relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous peoples through truth, sharing and open dialogue is the aim of a KAIROS online series called KBE Teaching & Sharing Circles, which begins its winter sessions on Tuesday, January 19 at…

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Federal bill to implement UN Declaration a welcome step in the right direction

December 3, 2020

The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a coalition of Indigenous peoples’ Nations and organizations and other human rights advocates, welcomes the tabling of Bill C-15, a federal government bill to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Bill C-15 would provide…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise: The untold history of colonization in Canada that most people never learn

November 10, 2020

Since its creation in 1997, the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) has been delivered thousands of times to tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds by a wide variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. It is a unique…

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How the Indigenous Blanket Exercise destroyed my ego

November 4, 2020

Last January, the charity I worked for held its quadrennial staff gathering in Ottawa, where my department participated in an Indigenous Blanket Exercise. And boy did that not go as I expected. Note: this post is not sponsored or affiliated…

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5 Years of Truth and Reconciliation

November 3, 2020

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its Final Report in December 2015. Since then, KAIROS has worked hard to keep the TRC Report and 94 Calls to Action at the forefront of our social justice and education work in…

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Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous peoples calls on federal and provincial governments to honour and uphold Mi’kmaw fishing rights

November 2, 2020

The members of our coalition are appalled by acts of violence and intimidation against Mi’kmaw fishers exercising their Constitutionally protected, legally affirmed, inherent and Treaty rights. The federal and provincial governments bear responsibility for their long-standing failure to ensure that rights affirmed…

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Raise up the Year of Prayer Bundle, from coast to coast

November 2, 2020

Beginning on March 11, 2020, the KAIROS Steering Committee began a Year of Prayer for the persons, families and communities connected to The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the National…

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Rights for People, Rules for Business!

October 5, 2020

A Virtual Rally for Real Canadian Corporate Accountability Join the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), of which KAIROS is a member, on Sunday, October 18th at 4:00PM EDT for a virtual rally in support of corporate accountability.  Surpassing the initial goal of…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Teaching & Sharing Circles: November 24

October 5, 2020

‘Building Positive Relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples’ Led by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with extensive experience facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), these interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue. Based in an Indigenous-world view and using Indigenous teachings and protocols,…

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Just transformation needed now: KAIROS responds to the 2020 Speech from the Throne

September 30, 2020

The Government of Canada addressed the pandemic – “our generation’s crossroad” – and how it plans to “build back better” in the much-anticipated Speech from the Throne on September 23. The speech touched on racism, gender and income inequality, the environmental crisis, dislocation, and the struggles facing Indigenous and global communities.   While the government addressed each issue separately, they intersect and are amplified by a pandemic that exacerbates human…

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Spirited Reflection: Poem by Albert Dumont on Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2020

Sir John A. Macdonald by Albert Dumont © We, the Anishinabe, search the lifeless eyes  Of the many portraits proudly painted for Canada  To honour a man Canadians believe  Was an emblem for ‘decency, righteousness and vision’  “A hero” they say, “a…

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History Sept. 27 at 3 PM PDT

September 24, 2020

Suitable for all ages and important viewing for everyone, this event starts with a screening of the stop motion short that sees Michif animator Amanda Strong and Gitxsan child rights activist Cindy Blackstock adapt Spirit Bear’s books for the screen….

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Orange Shirt Day is about changing the legacy

September 23, 2020

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day – a day to remember students who attended Indian Residential Schools in Canada. The day is inspired by Phyllis Webstad’s experience. On her first day at residential school in 1973, Phyllis was stripped of her new orange shirt, a shirt that…

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#ICantBreathe and Environmental Racism in Ecuador

September 23, 2020

The death of George Floyd in the US has once again demonstrated that racism plays a prominent role in the dominant system and that its violence and cruelty can reach unimaginable limits. The incident quickly led to a wave of…

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