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  1. Education for Reconciliation gets a boost
  2. KAIROS launches online info-hub to aid inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
  3. Help harmonize UNDRIP with Canadian law
  4. KAIROS response to federal report on Temporary Foreign Workers Program
  5. Philippines delegation coming to Canada
  6. Help us make mining justice a reality in 2016
  7. Announcing...Collective Re-Storying: a Canada-Guatemala youth exchange based on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise
  8. International solidarity with Women in Defense of Land and the Environment in Latin America
  9. Partners Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and in Canada
  10. KAIROS embarks on three new partnerships
  11. Donor testimonial
  12. Upcoming regional meetings
  13. Upcoming
  14. Featured Resources
  15. Featured Partner
  16. Spirited Reflection
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Education for Reconciliation gets a boost

The Education for Reconciliation initiative will receive a boost this fall from some dedicated contract staff time.  Diane Meredith in Ontario and Janette McIntosh in British Columbia will engage people across these provinces in the Winds of Change campaign and map out how to build on the strength of the regional network. Their work will complement efforts to follow up on the spring Education for Reconciliation petition submissions.
 
Through Diane’s connections, KAIROS staff met with Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo. Ms Fife said that her faith community in the Presbyterian Church has informed her Indigenous rights work.  She is anxious to see Call to Action #62.i fully implemented and will put a question forward in the House asking the Ontario government for a progress report.
 
In other news, provincial working groups are taking shape in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. These local voices will direct and coordinate the submission of petitions in those provinces. While their work will include recruiting people for MPP/MLA visits, you don’t need to wait for an invitation. If you are willing to meet with your MPP or MLA please fill out this form. We will do our best to match you with others in your riding if you so desire. Don’t hesitate. We need your help!
 
Online resources include: Training Webinar, First Meeting Outline, Note Taking Tips and Note Form.

The Education for Reconciliation petition campaign continues across the country. Please check the KAIROS website for the deadline in your region.


KAIROS launches online info-hub to aid inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

On October 4 – a day when Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gather to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) – KAIROS Canada launched the MMIWG Information Hub on kairoscanada.org, offering resources and updates related to the National Inquiry into MMIWG in Canada.
Read more.


Help harmonize UNDRIP with Canadian law

We need your help to build the political will needed to enact Bill C-262, an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Romeo Saganash, MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, sponsored the bill and  created a petition. For details and to access the petition, visit www.adoptandimplement.com.
 
Please sign the petition and spread the word!
 
Heads up! KAIROS is planning a campaign in support of Bill C-262 and the UN Declaration that will be starting early in the New Year. We will keep you posted!


KAIROS’ response to federal report on Temporary Foreign Workers Program

KAIROS welcomed the Government of Canada’s decision to review the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. It was an opportunity to improve the lives of migrant workers and their families by ensuring their rights are protected. While two of the Standing Committee’s recommendations could, if implemented, alleviate some of the challenges, overall the Committee’s report fails migrant workers by not addressing systemic issues and by once again focusing more on the interests of employers. Read more.


Philippines delegation coming to Canada

KAIROS is hosting a six-person delegation from the Philippines in late October and early November to help Canadians make the connection between human rights violations and resource extraction projects in the Philippines, including by Canadian-owned companies, and to build support for the ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front. Read more.


Help us make mining justice a reality in 2016 

Three years ago, in October 2013, KAIROS launched the Open for Justice campaign with our advocacy partners in the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA). 
 
Now, we are on the cusp of a major breakthrough.  And this is where you come in! Read more.


Announcing...Collective Re-Storying: a Canada-Guatemala youth exchange based on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

KAIROS will take eight youth (18-30 years old) to Guatemala in May, 2017 and facilitate two Guatemalan youth coming to Canada in June, 2017 to forge new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the two countries.  Read more.


International solidarity with Women in Defense of Land and the Environment in Latin America

KAIROS joins over eighty organizations from Canada, the US, Europe and Guatemala, in signing the following statement expressing international solidarity with women defenders in Latin America, and all people who are defending their water, land, life and territory. Read more.


Partners Tour to highlight violence against women in Colombia and in Canada

Gloria Amparo Suarez of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), a Colombian women’s rights organization and KAIROS partner, will visit Canada from Nov 23 to Dec 4. The KAIROS sponsored educational tour is timed to include the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based violence Campaign which starts November 25. Read more.

KAIROS embarks on three new partnerships 

KAIROS is embarking on three exciting partnership projects this month.  We are teaming up with the Mary Ward Centre (a ministry of the Loretto Sisters) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to offer the KAIROS Blanket Exercise as the focal point of a day-long weekly program at the Mary Ward Centre for the remainder of the school year.
 
KAIROS and the Student Christian Movement (SCM) Toronto are co-sponsoring a six-week speaker series that will focus on telling the stories of colonization in Canada and around the world.  The series will be held alternately on the York and University of Toronto campuses starting in late October. We look forward to working with Esther Townshend of SCM!

Donor testimonial

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Upcoming Regional Gatherings

York and Durham Sub-regional Gathering
Saturday, October 29 @ 9 am – 2am
Unionville Presbyterian Church, Unionville
Keynote: Dave Mowat, Alderville First Nation; Campaign Presentation by Shannon Neufeldt, KAIROS’ Network and Young Adult Coordinator
To register: upcadmin@rogers.com; 905-475-6233.  Registration fee: $25

Upcoming

STONY POINT, NY: Shaping Solidarity in Search for Social Justice
Thursday, October 20 @ 9:00 am – Saturday, October 22 @ 5:00 pm
The Stony Point Center, 17 Cricketown Rd, Stony Point, NY

SUDBURY, ON, Facilitator Training
October 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Sudbury, Canisius Hall
 
NORTH BAY, ON, Facilitator Training
October 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nipissing University
 
SHEDIAC, NB, Migrant Dreams
October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
UNIONVILLE, ON: In the Shadow of the Treaties
October 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
 
BRANDON, MB: Remember the Children
October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location TBC

Featured Resource

Briefing Paper: Prime Minister facing moment of truth on Indigenous rights

Recent decisions to allow the Site C dam on the Peace River and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Pacific coast have cast doubt on the federal government’s commitment to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
Our latest Briefing Paper, Prime Minister facing moment of truth on Indigenous rights, describes how pending decisions on tar sands export pipelines will test Ottawa’s promises to respect Indigenous rights and to contain the rise in global temperatures.

The promises and dangers of fracking

In February, 2015 KAIROS issued a discussion paper entitled Ethical Reflections on Fracking that employed an ethical framework to explore major issues raised by the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for the extraction of shale oil and natural gas.
 
We are now pleased to release a short video that illustrates what fracking entails, its promises and the environmental, social and Indigenous rights issues raised by the practice. Watch the video.

Featured Partner

Bridget Tolley, activist with Families of Sisters in Spirit

In the KAIROS MMIWG Info-Hub, long-time Indigenous rights activist Bridget Tolley is listed as a stakeholder in recognition of her personal experience and long-time commitment to Indigenous women's rights. For her profile and interview, visit blackcoffeepoet.com.

Spirited Reflection

Living Jeremiah through a hurricane, by Will Postma

Like many of us, there is a sense of calm and re-assurance that I get from those familiar words of Scripture: “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Read more.

Spirited Reflection: Zest for life – partnering with our sacred earth community

Sisters of Earth, an informal association of women committed to Earth Health and Sustainability, gathered this July in Los Gatos, California.  According to one long-time participant, “this was the first time there was a connecting of Earth Issues with Social Justice”.   Three women leaders from indigenous groups in Canada, U.S. and South America spoke on the powerful impacts from colonialism experienced both by their people and on their land. Read more.

Call for Submissions: Aim to Inspire

As a key part of KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are seeking new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others. Read more.

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