INDIGENOUS RIGHTS Winds of Change: Updates

In the words of Justice Murray Sinclair: “Education is what got us here and education is what will get us out”.  Education is the cornerstone for change.


October 30, 2018: Updated in BC

On October 30, 2018 a delegation consisting of Janet Gray (BC-Yukon KAIROS Regional Representative) Susan Draper (KAIROS Victoria), Rev. Laura Kavanagh (KAIROS national steering committee member), Ruth D’Hollander (Aboriginal Neighbours), and Indigenous leaders and educators, Nella and Alex Nelson, met with:

  • The Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education;
  • Veronica Harrison, Sr. Ministerial Assistant to Minister Fleming;
  • The Honourable Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim
  • Ann Marie Sam, Sr. Ministerial Assistant to Minister Fraser
  • Kim Lacharite, Executive Director, Learning Transformation, Ministry of Education.
At this 30 minute meeting we presented the petition calling on BC to implement TRC Call to Action #62.1. Read more.
Meeting with Minister in BC
October 9, 2018: Updated Report Card

In 2018, KAIROS updated the Education for Reconciliation Report Card to reflect the progress of each province and territory in implementing Call to Action 62.i.

KAIROS is pleased to report that most provinces and territories have made progress. While no jurisdiction has fully implemented Call 62.i, some are close.

Read the updated report card and backgrounders

KAIROS acknowledges and thanks those volunteers who have advocated for the full implementation of Call 62.i and continue to do so by collecting petition signatures, contacting their elected officials, and meeting with education ministries. To date, petitions were presented in the legislatures in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta, with more to come.

August 25, 2017: Update for Manitoba and British Columbia

The Winds of Change have been active in Manitoba and British Columbia thanks to the efforts of local KAIROS organizers. In Manitoba, the KAIROS Cambrian Agassiz group met with the Manitoba Ministry of Education and Training on August 25, 2017. In BC, the KAIROS Metro Vancouver group collected nine full petition sheets of signatures in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #62.i during the Walk for Reconciliation, which drew an estimated 25,000 people.  Read more.

winds of change update

November 8, 2016: Linda Scherzinger, KAIROS Halifax, delivers 1700 signatures to Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP prior to presentation in the House of Assembly.

November 2, 2016: Petition tabled at Ontario Legislature.

October 31, 2016: Education for Reconciliation initiative picks up steam in Ontario

Over the past few months the KAIROS network in Ontario has collected over 10,000 signatures, worked with MPPs, and collaborated with other groups to organize education and advocacy events, including a Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Ontario legislature in June. This week, a question related to the campaign will be submitted in the legislature, more petitions will be tabled, and KAIROS staff will meet with the Minister of Education’s staff. Read More.

June 7, 2016: Nearly 10,000 signatures tabled in Ontario in support of education for reconciliation

Winds of Change campaign

MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto Danforth) agreed to tablethe bulk of 9500 signatures received so far in Ontario for the Winds of Change petition. Tabuns invited a KAIROS delegation to be his guests in the Member’s Gallery to witness the presentation.  In the end, MPP France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), the NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs read, signed and tabled the petitions on June 7.

Winds of Change campaignOn May 17, MPP Steve Clark (Leeds—Grenville and Deputy Leader, Official Opposition) tabled several pages of the petition he received from his constituents.  On June 6, MPP Ann Hoggarth (Barrie, Liberal) and MPP Daiene Vernile (Kitchener Centre, Liberal) each tabled our petition.  Vernile told the Legislature she held hundreds of signatures.  MPPs must sign any petition they table. The petition has been tabled by members from all three parties of the Ontario Legislature.

JANUARY 14, 2016:  Stephen Kakfwi is President and CEO of Canadians for a New Partnership ( The ninth Premier of the Northwest Territories and former President of the Dene Nation. Mr. Kakfwi is a residential school survivor and a long-time advocate for reconciliation through education.

Network update by Pamela Thomson,  from Redeemer Anglican Church in Toronto.

DECEMBER 10, 2015: Jane Hubbard, Acting Director of Operations, Legacy of Hope Foundation


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