Latin America

KAIROS Signs-on to letter in response to killing of Guatemalan land and life defender Ángel Estuardo Quevedo

August 8, 2018

In response to the killing of human rights defender Ángel Estuardo Quevedo on July 12, 2018 in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala,   KAIROS has joined over 60 civil society organizations from across Canada and the United States…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Grassroots feminist initiatives for peace in post-agreement Colombia

July 30, 2018

In the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia, where the Organización Femenina Popular (Popular Feminist Organization or OFP) operates, a climate of political uncertainty, social insecurity, and economic precarity prevails. While the signing of the Final Peace Agreement—unprecedented in its inclusion…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Colombian women speak peace, May 4 in Toronto

May 2, 2018

KAIROS Canada hosts Colombian partner, Organización Femenina Popular for panel on Women, Peace and Security (Toronto, ON) – Two Colombian women peace builders will visit Toronto on May 4 to share their work in empowering women victims of Colombia’s 50-year…

Post filed in: Latin America, Media Releases, Uncategorized, Women of Courage

KAIROS is gravely concerned about the political and human rights crisis currently unfolding in Honduras

December 20, 2017

KAIROS is gravely concerned about the political and human rights crisis currently unfolding in Honduras following the presidential elections on November 26. Hondurans who went to the polls peacefully and in good faith were met with illegal interference from President…

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Letter to the editor: Locals, women most affected by corporate harm, least heard

October 25, 2017

Re: “House subcommittee hearings on mining in Latin America a public disservice,” (The Hill Times, Oct. 18, p. 15). KAIROS too is alarmed that the voices of people affected by Canadian mining operations have not been heard during the current…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

KAIROS sponsors Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane

September 21, 2017

KAIROS is thrilled to sponsor the Mestizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop artist Rebeca Lane, organized by Breaking the Silence (BTS) and local committees.   Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane)  is an acclaimed Feminist, Sociologist, Activist…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: Revolutions, Not Just Reconciliation! #IndigenaSolutions 

September 5, 2017

Searching for Indigenous, or Indigena (the Spanish word for Indigenous that is used in Guatemala) solutions for change is a task many revolutionaries have taken on across the world, and it can be complex. If you’re from Canada you will…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: A Tale of Two Mountains (Part 1)

August 31, 2017

We arrived in Guatemala City late Saturday night. Inside the hostel there was a bare wall where a lonely 14 inch TV aired the McGregor / Mayweather fight. What a spectacle. I knew before attending this exchange that there are…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth:  On our way to Guatemala

August 30, 2017

It was so exciting – and such a relief – to meet up with members of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange at the airport this afternoon before boarding our flight to Guatemala.  Although we’ve had several orientation conference calls…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: Indigenous women, food security and the genocide of the Americas

August 24, 2017

My name is Tyra Cox and I am of Sahtu Dene and Anishinaabe lineage within Canada (North America). As an Indigenous women, there were very specific areas of Indigenous rights that I wanted to explore on the journey with Central…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: Healing Together

August 16, 2017

I’m fortunate to be a part of the first KAIROS Blanket Exercise youth exchange to Guatemala being organized in partnership with Breaking the Silence and New Hope Foundation, Guatemala  At the end of May, we had the opportunity to meet…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: The Value of Traditional Crafts

July 20, 2017

I have the privilege of being one of the participants of the KAIROS Guatemala Youth Exchange, and it has been an amazing experience so far. I am a settler living in unceded Mi’kmaq territory under the Peace and Friendship treaties…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

The history of Indigenous Peoples as told through blankets

July 17, 2017

The history of Indigenous peoples on the northern part of Turtle Island, what is now known as Canada, was told through a Kairo Blanket Exercise at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Southampton on June 21. Reverend Graham Bland of St….

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: The KAIROS Blanket Exercise through Guatemalan eyes

July 10, 2017

Excerpts from an Interview with Lilian Bolvito Gonzalez on Radio Canada International, June 24, 2017 Radio Canada: We will now chat with a Guatemalan youth who participated in the Blanket Exercise on June 2 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Her name…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Seeds of Truth: Reflection on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala orientation

June 6, 2017

“These bean seeds in my pocket keep me mindful of Mother Earth; they keep me grounded.” ~ Hannah “These Amaranth seeds are to share.  Go ahead, eat them.  Amaranth was once nearly wiped out in my area of Guatemala, but now…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

TAKE ACTION to demand justice for Topacio Reynoso and her father

May 11, 2017

On April 13, 2014, unknown gunmen attacked 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and her father, Alex Reynoso, killing Topacio and leaving Alex seriously injured. Both were active in their municipality of Mataquescuintla, standing up for land and the health of the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

GREAT NEWS! Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment does not close Acción Ecológica

January 13, 2017

GREAT NEWS! Yesterday the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment decided not to grant the request to close Acción Ecológica. National and international pressure was key.  Dearest friends, We want to publicly acknowledge the thousands of letters, embraces and messages that we…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

Celebrating women defenders of nature in Ecuador

November 16, 2016

From October 14 to 23, Rachel Warden, Latin America Partnerships and Gender Justice coordinator, traveled to Ecuador to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Accion Ecologica, KAIROS’ long time partner, and to participate in the Latin America Network of Women Defenders’ fourth…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Women’s critical role in peace building remains strong and visible in Colombia

November 16, 2016

The day after my arrival in Colombia I was travelling on the Magdalena Medio river in a small ferry with Gloria Amparo, coordinator of the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP),  to visit women’s centres (casas de Mujeres) in Puerte Wilches and…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

NO MORE! END violence against women now! NO MAS!

November 14, 2016

Partner Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and Canada The United Nations has declared the period between November 25, the International Day to End Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights day, as 16 Days of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Partners Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and in Canada

October 19, 2016

Gloria Amparo Suarez of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a Colombian women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, will visit Canada from Nov 23 to Dec 4. The KAIROS sponsored educational tour is timed to include the 16 Days of Activism…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Women of Courage

KAIROS stands with Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia

September 29, 2016

KAIROS stands with the Popular Feminist Organization (OFP), our partner in Colombia, as they prepare for the plebiscite on October 2 when Colombians will vote on the recently signed final Peace Accord. The OFP is currently working and praying for…

Post filed in: Latin America

A Time for Hope and Solidarity

June 16, 2015

Guatemalan partner Ana Guadalupe Matzir Miculax joined us in Ottawa for the KAIROS Time for Reconciliation gathering and the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), May 29-June 3 in Ottawa.  An important part of our work with…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Amidst ongoing violence, Colombian Church partners reaffirm their commitment to the peace process

May 15, 2015

Deep in our hearts and minds we have felt the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst.  We have also powerfully felt the presence of the children, youth, women and men who have been murdered and disappeared in this long internal…

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Anti-mining activist killed and Ecuadorean partners harassed on eve of Lima meetings

December 4, 2014

What was supposed to be a celebratory launch for KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica’s delegation to the People’s Summit and COP20 meeting in Lima, Peru turned into a nightmare as delegation members were detained and harassed and news came in of…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America, Women of Courage

In Memory of the life of Adolfo Ich Chaman-

September 26, 2014

Today, five years later, KAIROS joins the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman- , his community and human rights and solidarity groups in Guatemala and in Canada in commemorating Adolfo Ich’s life and demanding justice. Angelica Choc, Adolfo’s wife, has called…

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