MEDIA RELEASE: Philippine delegation in Calgary calls for mining justice 


KAIROS Media Release

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress and Indigenous activist

(Ottawa, ON) – Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process are two key requests a KAIROS-sponsored delegation from the Philippines will bring to Calgary during a public forum entitled: For a Just and Lasting Peace on Saturday, March 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the FCJ Christian Life Centre.

The delegates will be in Canada from March 20 to April 5. They will also visit Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.

Hailing from the heavily mined Philippine island of Mindanao, the delegates include Representative Carlos Zarate, a Member of Philippine Congress and Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Nenita Andes Conde, an Indigenous Lumad leader. Joining them is Connie Sorio, KAIROS Canada’s Asia-Pacific Partnerships Coordinator.

The delegates will share first-hand accounts of human rights violations in the context of mining projects in their country, including Canadian-owned operations. They will also join KAIROS and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability in calling on the Government of Canada to appoint an extractive-sector Ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas, and to facilitate access to the Canadian courts for non-nationals who have been harmed by the international operation of Canadian companies.

In addition, the delegates will try to build support for the ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front and other liberation groups.

WHAT Public Forum: Building Peace in the Philippines

WHEN Saturday, March 25; 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS: TIME: 10:30- 11:00 noon; 4:30 and 6:00 pm

WHERE FCJ Christian Life Centre, Auditorium (219 19th Avenue SW, Calgary)

WHO Members of the KAIROS-sponsored Philippine delegation, including an Indigenous person from the Philippines (Lumad) will discuss how mining impacts them and their communities. Presenters include:

o Nenita Condez, Indigenous woman leader from Mindanao

o Atty. Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress/Bayan Muna PartyList; Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources; and Vice-Chair, House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity

o Connie Sorio, Asia-Pacific Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS Canada

Hosted by KAIROS 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.

Itinerary and bios for the Philippine Delegation kairoscanada.org/itinerary-for-our-land-our-rights-our-peace

Press Release: Philippine delegation presses Canada for mining justice and leadership in peace process


Media Contact:
Connie Sorio, Asia-Pacific Partnerships Coordinator
877-403-8933 x 240, 416-732-1797 (mobile), csorio@kairoscanada.org

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


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