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EventsMONTREAL: KAIROS at the World Social Forum / Forum social mondial 2016

August 9, 2016 @ 12:00 am - August 14, 2016 @ 11:59 pm


The World Social Forum (WSF) is an international gathering of civil society groups working for social, economic and ecological justice. Since its inception in 2001 in Porto Alegre Brazil, the WSF has brought together tens of thousands of participants engaging in self-organized activities (workshops, conferences, artistic performances and more) that build solidarity among social movements.  This year the WSF will take place in Montreal from August 9 to 14. KAIROS together with several partners is participating in a number of activities whose precise dates, times and locations have yet to be allocated by the WSF secretariat. These include:

A Blanket Exercise in Spanish

This will be an opportunity for Spanish speaking participants at the WSF to experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise which tells the history of relations between Indigenous peoples, European settlers and other immigrants to Canada over the last 500 years.

A symposium on the Gendered Impacts of Resource Extraction project on women            

In collaboration with Quebec Native Women, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Acción Ecológica de Ecuador, and International Peoples Conference on Mining (IPCM), KAIROS is organizing a Convergence Assembly to highlight the voices of Indigenous women in Canada and the global South on the impacts of resource extraction on women as well as their critical role in defending collective rights and the environment.

A North-South Dialogue on Extractivism: Resistance and Alternatives

Co-sponsored by Mining Watch Canada. This workshop will bring together popular movements from several continents who are resisting “predatory extractivism” the exploitation of natural wealth for short-term profit without regard for its consequences.

Migration for Development: Debunking the Neo-Liberal Myth behind labour export

Co-sponsored by the International Migrants Alliance. At this workshop speakers from various regions will discuss resource plunder, violation of migrants’ rights, the response of multilateral organizations and building a movement of resistance.

Climate Justice Not Carbon Colonialism

Cosponsored by the Social Development Integrated Centre of Nigeria and Development and Peace. Activists from Africa, North America and other regions will discuss how carbon markets have failed to reduce greenhouse gas emission while leading to the impoverishment of communities in which carbon offset projects are located.

Laudato Si’: A Call for Change

Sponsored by CIDSE.  How is Laudato Si contributing to transferring the current global paradigm towards a more sustainable and just world? What are the various paths that can enable us to save our common home?  KAIROS executive director Jennifer Henry will be among the panelists.

Theology of Liberation: a Gift to the World

Sponsored by the Canadian Religious Conference.  Basic Christian Communities, popular movements, religious orders and ecumenical communities have adopted and practiced the Theology of Liberation in innovative ways as part of their daily living and in their work to empower the poor within their communities. KAIROS executive director Jennifer Henry will be among the panelists.

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