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


KAIROS Media Release

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 Community Center in Fredericton. This reconciliation event will bring together local Indigenous, immigrant and migrant communities to explore opportunities, challenges and recommendations for building relationships during this time of reconciliation.

KAIROS is also planning Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community events in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay in early 2018.

WHAT: Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Mary’s First Nation Community Center, 35 Dedham Street, Fredericton

WHO: Alma Brooks, Clan Elder, Wabanaki Grandmother and member of the Wolastoq Grand Council

Roland Moreno, Board Chair, Filipino-Canadian CommUnity of New Brunswick
Tracy Glynn, No One Is Illegal

Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada

Alfredo Barahona, Indigenous, Migrant & Network Relations Coordinator, KAIROS Canada

“It is imperative that newcomers to Canada learn about the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples to this country,” says Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada. “Reconciliation and Canada itself will be strengthened by building relationships of respect and solidarity between these communities. KAIROS’ Friendship events are designed to start important conversations, and foster connections that will lead to lifelong friendships and more inclusive communities.”

KAIROS has partnered with the following organizations to help bring together Indigenous and newcomer communities: Filipino-Community of New Brunswick, No One Is Illegal-Fredericton and Cooper Institute. Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS is a faith-based social justice organization of ten Canadian churches and religious organizations. It focuses on Indigenous rights, international human rights and ecological justice. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. Learn more: www.kairoscanada.org.


Media Contact:

Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada
416-732-1797 (mobile), csorio@kairoscanada.org

Cheryl McNamara, Media Coordinator, KAIROS Canada
877-403-8933 x 246, 416-875-0097 (mobile), cmcnamara@kairoscanada.org


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