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In This Issue

  1. More than 4,000 Canadians sign Education for Reconciliation petition – more needed!
  2. KAIROS marks International Women’s Day with video series on Indigenous women & resource extraction
  3.  Campagne «Rien sans la femme » et « Parité 50-50 d’ici 2030 »
  4. Call to action and justice for Indigenous rights defender and environmentalist Berta Cáceres
  5. Setting the agenda for action on climate change
  6. Ottawa review of Temporary Foreign Workers Program must include migrant workers
  7. How Residential School has affected me: a reflection by Sui-Taa-Kii (Danielle Black)
  8. Upcoming events and trainings 

Featured Resource:

  1. Briefing Paper: Huge Challenges for Canada after the Paris Climate Conference
Spirited Reflections:
  1. Bread from Heaven. Bread from Earth. Reflection for Sunday, March 6th, Fourth Sunday of Lent.
  2. Love, an attitude of justice. Reflection on Luke 13:31-35
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More than 4,000 Canadians sign Education for Reconciliation petition – more needed! 

A BIG THANK YOU to the hundreds who have submitted petitions in support of KAIROS’ Education for Reconciliation action and to the thousands who have signed. As of March 10, we have in hand more than 200 signatures for each of Alberta, New Brunswick and Quebec, more than 400 for Manitoba, and over 3,000 for Ontario! 

Please continue to send in your petitions. It’s not too late! 

Our plan is to present petitions in the provincial and territorial legislatures in two stages. In those jurisdictions where we have enough signatures by April 30, we will present them in the spring. In others, we will present them in the fall, with an October 15 deadline for receiving petitions. In addition to the presentations, petitions can be used when meeting with politicians. 

There will be more opportunities to educate and advocate on this issue, including before and after the Mass Blanket Exercises in June, and around fall presentations, until we realize the change we seek. 

Here are some other ways you can support this campaign:

  1. Post pictures of petition signers on social media with #TRC62 or @kairoscanada
  2. Take Action Online. Send an electronic letter directly to your MPP/MLA.
  3. Plan a meeting with your local MPP/MLA. Learn more in this month’s training webinar.
  4. Learn More. Join us for Online Campaign Updates or watch the videos of those you’ve missed.
  5. Host an Event. Gather your community for a public petition signing or workshop. 

Please contact Shannon Neufeldt at sneufeldt@kairoscanada.org with any questions. 

More exciting news! 

KAIROS’ Education for Reconciliation action has received nods from high profile leaders including Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, TRC Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair, and Canadians for a New Partnership President and CEO, Stephen Kakfwi. Read more.  

Manitoba’s largest school division signs KAIROS’ Education for Reconciliation petition 

The KAIROS Winds of Change campaign received a huge endorsement on March 7 when the Board of Trustees of Winnipeg School Division (WSD) signed the Education for Reconciliation petition on behalf of the largest school division in Manitoba. WSD has 78 schools and over 33,000 students. Read more.


KAIROS marks International Women’s Day with video series on Indigenous women & resource extraction 

On International Women’s Day, March 8, KAIROS released the first in a series of videos featuring courageous women in Canada, Latin America and the Philippines. Read more.

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Campagne «Rien sans la femme » et « Parité 50-50 d’ici 2030 » 

KAIROS stands in solidarity with our Congolese human rights partner, Héritiers de la Justice in celebrating women’s struggles and accomplishments on International Women’s Day. In the statement below (available in French only), Héritiers de la Justice recognizes March 8 as an opportunity to advocate for women’s rights. Read more.


Call to action and justice for Indigenous rights defender and environmentalist Berta Cáceres 

KAIROS is shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal assassination of prominent environmentalist and Indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres. We join a worldwide movement in condemning this heinous crime and demanding justice. Read more.  

CALL TO ACTION: Please urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Learn more and take action.


Setting the agenda for action on climate change 

On March 3, KAIROS and Climate Fast released an open letter on climate justice issues to the Prime Minister and premiers. The letter was endorsed by 74 environmental, religious and social justice groups on the occasion of the federal-provincial leaders meeting. Read the joint media release.  

Read the letter to the Prime Minister.


Ottawa review of Temporary Foreign Workers Program must include migrant workers 

Canada announced a review of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program just days after the Equal in Dignity — Equal in Rights Forum in Fredericton on February 13 that was organized by KAIROS, Migrante Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress-Atlantic, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The timing could not have been better. Read more.


How Residential School has affected me by Sui-Taa-Kii (Danielle Black)

Sui-Taa-Kii (Danielle Black) is from the Siksika First Nation, which is a part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Plains people, Treaty 7​. She delivered this speech at a recent gathering ​in Canada around the churches’ role in implementing the ​TRC's 94 Calls to Action. Read More.


Upcoming 

INDIGENIUS Art Music and Fashion Show
March 26 @ 7pm Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

Webinar: Meeting with your representatives
March 24 @ 1pm EST

Press Conference in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #48
March 30 @ 11am
Parliament Hill Press Gallery, Ottawa
A statement from churches and religious organizations will be released on this day. KAIROS will post the statement and video of the press conference on its website.

Right Relations Reception: Churches responding to TRC Call to Action #48
March 30 @ noon – 2pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street, Ottawa
Light lunch will be provided.

From Principals to Practice: Churches Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Join KAIROS for an interactive dialogue with church leaders March 30 @ 7-9pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 82 Kent Street, Ottawa 

Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training in French & English
April 9 @ 11:30am (in French)
April 10 @ 4:30pm (in English)
Student’s Society of McGill University, Madeleine Parent Room, 3600 McTavish Street, Montreal

Webinar: Fifth Online Campaign Update
Activism for Indigenous Education April 14 @1pm EST

Featured Resource

Wrongs to Rights: How churches can engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Spirited Reflections

Bread from Heaven. Bread from Earth. Reflection for Sunday, March 6th, Fourth Sunday of Lent, by Adriana Cabrera-Velásquez 

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate God´s unfailing Love surrounding those who trust in Her (Psalm.32:1). Such is the common theme of both Psalm 32 and Joshua 5. Read more.

Love, an attitude of justice. Reflection on Luke 13:31-35, by Selina Mullin-Ingles 

Reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Luke 13:31-35, I was struck by the image of the pilgrimaging Christ standing on the road towards Jerusalem. Read more.

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