Posts Tagged "dignity & rights"

Getting ready for the delegates…

November 18, 2013

Rachel Warden writes on the purpose and prospects of the Guatemala mining study tour with the United Church of Canada. It will include visits to Canadian owned mining projects, and conversations with the communities where these projects are located.

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

Her Name is Edna

November 6, 2013

In her presentation to the workshop “Dialogue of Theologies in the Struggle for Life: For a New Ecumenism” at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly, KAIROS ED Jennifer Henry argues that it is “the migrants and refugees knocking at…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

We will leave no honors, no love, no fame …

November 5, 2013

Sheryl Johnson, In Busan for the WCC Assembly, reflects on the 1980 student pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju, and Korea’s theology of liberation.

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Not Lost in Translation … Facing Up to Canadian Mining

November 4, 2013

In this report from the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, KAIROS ED Jennifer Henry meets those affected by Canadian mining overseas, and reflects on our response as justice-seeking communities of faith.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

A Story of Resilience, Grace, Persistence and Transformation

November 2, 2013

Father Michael Lapsley is an Anglican priest, a social justice activist, a freedom fighter and a healer. KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry describes what it was like to break bread with him at the WCC Assembly.

Post filed in: Executive Director

KAIROS Joins in Letter to NB Premier re: Elsipogtog

November 1, 2013

he Canadian Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International, and KAIROS have sent a letter to New Brunswick Premier David Alward about the province’s response to anti-fracking protests at Elsipogtog. We urge the province to act “in a manner consistent with its…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates


October 30, 2013

“Nothing falls outside of God’s dream for justice and therefore, nothing is outside the church’s mission.” KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry reflects on the opening litany of lamentation and hope at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan.

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace: Follow KAIROS at the WCC Assembly!

October 28, 2013

As Executive Director Jennifer Henry heads to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea, she offers some thoughts on what the global church may aspire to and accomplish in the busy days ahead.

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

The Intersections of Faith, Migration, Human Rights, Development and Justice

October 15, 2013

“Every person bears the inherent gift of the likeness of God. A true and meaningful dialogue on migration includes migrants as subjects of their own destinies and puts primacy to their human rights and welfare. Such dialogue must not be…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Letter from Algonquin Grandmothers Attending Wabanaki Confederacy Conference

October 11, 2013

Our travel day was July 31st. It was a beautiful drive but rather long. We arrived late in the evening at the hotel and were anxious to get started in the morning. Because of work, some of the Kokoms couldn’t…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

West Hill United Church Petition Calls for Increased Funding for Aboriginal Communities

October 1, 2013

A petition (pdf) has been initiated by the First Nations Study Group at West Hill United Church in Toronto to draw attention to the underfunding of core services for Aboriginal communities. It calls for the funding gap to be closed.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Walking for Reconciliation as the TRC closes

September 23, 2013

Today, we walked for reconciliation with 70,000 people through the streets of downtown Vancouver.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

An Update from the TRC in Vancouver- Day 3

September 20, 2013

Jill Harris is with us here at the TRC. She is a member of the Penelakut Nation, an elder and former chief, a residential schools survivor, a member of the Dignity and Rights Circle, and a participant in the Women…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Truth and Reconciliation Commission readies for BC National Event

September 11, 2013

The national Truth and Reconciliation Commission resumes its work with the BC National Event in Vancouver September 19-21. Read on to find out how you can participate.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

First Nations Challenge Foreign Investment Protection Agreements: Policy Briefing Paper #36

September 5, 2013

In August 2013, KAIROS welcomed Brenda Sayers, a band councillor from the Hupacasath First Nation on Vancouver Island. Brenda explained eloquently why the Hupacasath had filed a request in a federal court seeking a judicial review of the federal government’s…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: Relationships

August 28, 2013

As we ride along the St. Lawrence River, a guiding force of nature flowing beside us, it is a reminder of what we are all doing here, of our inherent rights and inherent responsibilities as human beings. It comes up…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: Understanding through the Blanket Exercise

August 28, 2013

Back at our starting destination on Thompson Island in Akwesasne, we experienced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for ourselves. The impact this exercise had on us was overwhelming. It became clear to us what we had to do — the public…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Media Releases

The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: The Roots of Governance

August 22, 2013

Nation to Nation tour members were given a thorough introduction to the history and current situation of governance in Akwesasne, while looking at the importance of the struggle to maintain their sovereignty. Hear from Shara Francis-Hearne of the Mohawk Council…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Media Releases

The Nation to Nation Bike Tour: Public Perspectives

August 13, 2013

The latest from the Nation to Nation Bike Tour comes from participant Michelane Gliddy of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, who reflects on community engagement and the Blanket Exercise workshops that the group has been presenting as public events along the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Nation to Nation Bike Tour: the Movie

August 8, 2013

A video has been produced capturing the beginning of the Nation to Nation Bike Tour, the team’s formative stay in Akwesasne. It allows us to see some of the cultural experiences and speakers who prepared the team for their indigenous…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Akwesasne Photo Journal

August 8, 2013

We’ve dug up some photos to give a clearer picture of the Nation to Nation Team’s four and a half days in Akwesasne, getting to know each other and being hosted and enlightened by the community members who came forward…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Serving refugees in the Middle East region: DSPR

July 23, 2013

KAIROS partner, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), is a body of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) that serves Palestinian and other refugees across the Middle East region. In operation since 1949, DSPR provides diverse services to…

Post filed in: Middle East, Migrant Justice

Partners in Guatemala question proposed moratorium and demand respect for Indigenous rights

July 22, 2013

On June 13, KAIROS signed onto an open letter to Guatemalan President Otto Molina Perez to support the call by Guatemala social movements for his government to revoke a mining license that had been recently granted to Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources….

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Another Empty Report on Human Rights and Trade in Colombia

July 2, 2013

On Friday afternoon, June 14, the Canadian government quietly released its second report on the human rights impacts of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The report is so narrowly focused that it is silent on most human rights concerns and,…

Post filed in: Latin America

Remembering our partner and mentor, Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi

June 25, 2013

On Sunday, June 23, KAIROS delegates to the DRC took part in a ceremonial commemoration of Pascal Kabungulu, the  former Secretary General of KAIROS’ partner organization,  Héritiers de la Justice, based in Bukavu, eastern DRC. Pascal was murdered 8 years…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Protecting the Water

June 21, 2013

Many of the National Aboriginal Day 2013 celebrations of Indigenous cultures taking place from coast to coast to coast have a heightened focus on water. This is an opportunity to respond to the leadership of Indigenous people who are taking…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

How does Canada welcome the stranger?

June 20, 2013

June 20th was established by the United Nations as World Refugee Day to honour the courage and determination of those men, women and children who are forced by persecution and conflict to flee their homes. It is a good time…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Wabanaki Water Convergence ceremony

May 28, 2013

This weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Fredericton, New Brunswick to participate in the Wabanaki Water Convergence ceremony, which took place where the waters of the Saint John River (WOLASTOQ) converge with the tide’s end.  The importance of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage