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2017 KAIROS wish list

February 1, 2017

Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year – ten plus one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. Two of these were realized: the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was…

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Letter to the Editor: First, it’s our oil

January 26, 2017

  Given the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy, rather than convincing Donald Trump “to consider Canadian oil as U.S. oil,” Justin Trudeau should tell Mr. Trump that Canada will allocate its remaining reserves of conventional oil…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds

Letters to the Editor: Women have role to play in peace & Crude on the move

January 18, 2017

Women have role to play in peace Re: Why are women not included in peace-building efforts? Opinion Jan. 10 The exclusion of women from peace-building efforts is perplexing. Not only does war impact women in a particular way, such as…

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Canadian government must support women’s rights organizations in these troubled times

November 30, 2016

More than words is needed to address gender-based violence around the world. In the wake of the U.S. election, when hope seems very dim for those committed to women’s rights and gender justice, we can be inspired by women’s rights…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Op Eds

Site C legal challenge on UNDRIP anniversary shows Indigenous rights are a long ways away

September 13, 2016

Nine years ago today, on September 13, 2007, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples when the General Assembly voted 144-4 to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While 11 countries…

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The spirit of Berta Cáceres: The power and playful defiance of Indigenous women at the World Social Forum

August 18, 2016

“Berta Caceres had three qualities that made her such a powerful advocate and activist for her people and for the environment. She was Indigenous, a woman and a feminist.” Honduran journalist, Felix Molina was speaking at a vigil for his…

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Carbon trading threatens Indigenous peoples

August 17, 2016

The federal government admits that Canada is not on track to meet its official targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, Environment Canada says the gap between actual emissions and the goal of trimming emissions to 30 percent below…

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Honour National Aboriginal Day by supporting the Education for Reconciliation Initiative

June 21, 2016

Originally published on rabble.ca on June 21, 2016 by Shannon Neufeldt. National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc in 1996 to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis…

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