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In This Issue

  1. Education for Reconciliation update: 30/30 Challenge
  2. #reconciliACTION: 5 ways to take action on Education for Reconciliation
  3. Human Rights Tribunal ruling a win for Indigenous children & reconciliation
  4. Chiapas communities empowered by Education and Training program for Human Rights
  5. KAIROS’ Top 10 Wishes for 2016 – plus one more
  6. Prominent organizations seek commitment that inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be truly national and comprehensive
  7. Observations préliminaires concernant la définition des paramètres d’une enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées
  8. British Columbia must respect Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent before proceeding with Site C Dam

Upcoming:

  1. Webinar: How to write an op-ed and developing relationships with editors
  2. Webinar: Online Campaign Update
Featured Resource:
  1. Briefing Paper: Huge Challenges for Canada after the Paris Climate Conference
     
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Education for Reconciliation Update: 30/30 challenge

Hey all you who are under 30!  Ready for a challenge?
 
Collect a page of signatures on the KAIROS Education for Reconciliation petition from each of 30 friends (30 pages altogether) and mail them to the KAIROS Toronto office by March 15. Your name* will be entered in a draw to receive a $200 KAIROS voucher to support an educational justice event of your choice!
 
*Remember to clearly include your name and the best way to contact you if you win.
Good Luck!
 
Now for those who are over 30…your petitions are most welcome as well. The petition drive is going strong in Ontario. It is also beginning to roll out in other provinces. Be the first to send in your petitions from Sask., P.E.I., N.L., N.B., Yukon, N.S, and you’ll be sure to get a Twitter mention (follow @kairoscanada).


#reconciliACTION: 5 ways to take action on Education for Reconciliation

1. Sign and Circulate the Paper Petition. We have one for each province and territory. Paper petitions are significant when presented in legislatures and provincial parliaments. Take pictures of signers and post on social media.
 
2. Take  Action Online.  Simply chose your province or territory and sign your name. Easy! An electronic letter is sent directly to your MPP/MLA. Then spread the word to your personal network through email and/or social media channels.
 
3. Reach Out to Your Local Media. Write a letter to the editor, submit an op-ed, get to know the editorial board. Join us for the second webinar on reaching out to media on Thursday, February 25 at 1 pm ET. Led by KAIROS’ Media Coordinator, Cheryl McNamara, it will cover op-eds and engaging editors and editorial boards. Register Now! (Watch the Letters to the Editor webinar video.)
 
4. Learn More. Join us for Online Campaign Updates including guest speakers from partners in the field on the second Thursday of every month at 1pm.  Catch up on any you’ve missed by watching the videos.
 
5. Host an Event Gather your community for a public petition signing, an Education for Reconciliation workshop, a KAIROS Blanket Exercise, or any presentation that furthers reconciliation, and ask participants to join you in the actions above.


Human Rights Tribunal ruling a win for Indigenous children & reconciliation 

KAIROS Canada urges the Canadian government to act immediately to implement the landmark ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which on January 26 announced that the federal government has discriminated against 163,000 children and their families because they are Indigenous. Read more.


Chiapas communities empowered by Education and Training program for Human Rights

KAIROS’ Rachel Warden travelled to Chiapas, Mexico in late January, specifically to the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas, to visit communities involved in the Diocese’s Education and Training program for Human Rights promoters, a program KAIROS has supported for three years.  Read more.
 
One of the delegates, Mary Ho Curtsinger, csj, participated in a pilgrimage and mass honouring Don Samuel that drew more than 5,000 peoples from communities throughout Chiapas.

She wrote a blog about her experience: Celebrating the life of beloved jTatik Samuel Ruiz in Chiapas, Mexico


KAIROS’ Top 10 Wishes for 2016 – plus one more

By year’s end, KAIROS hopes it will be able to look back at the following achievements that will bring it closer to our goals of a reconciled, respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and a just transition to a clean energy economy. These are our top 10 wishes for 2016. Read more.


Prominent organizations seek commitment that inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be truly national and comprehensive

In an open letter, five national organizations that have been deeply involved in efforts to expose and address violence against Indigenous women and girls called on the federal government to ensure that the upcoming national inquiry will:

  • Focus on the extreme violence faced by Indigenous women and girls and bring it to an end by setting out a clear plan of action for all levels of government
  • Expose the systemic factors contributing to and perpetuating this violence
  • Ensure the full and effective participation of affected families and communities
  • Address the needs of Indigenous women and girls, and provide families the answers they need across all jurisdictions in Canada

 Read the open letter.


Observations préliminaires concernant la définition des paramètres d’une enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées

Nous vous écrivons aujourd’hui pour porter à votre attention des éléments que nous considérons comme essentiels à la réussite de l’enquête nationale et des questions clés auxquelles nous sommes d’avis qu’il faut trouver réponse. Nos organisations suivent de près les préoccupations et les recommandations formulées dans le cadre des consultations que vous menez pour préparer l’enquête proprement dite. Bon nombre de nos remarques initiales font écho à des préoccupations déjà mentionnées, entre autres, par des femmes autochtones, des membres de familles éprouvées et des organisations de première ligne. En notre qualité d’organisations profondément engagées relativement à ces questions au cours de la dernière décennie et plus, nous espérons avoir l’occasion de dialoguer avec vous à ce sujet pendant que vous préparez la conception et le mandat de l’enquête.  Lire la suite


British Columbia must respect Indigenous peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent before proceeding with Site C Dam

If BC Hydro is allowed to build the Site C dam, its reservoir would stretch for 107 kilometers along the Peace River Valley and flood the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of Treaty 8 First Nations. On January 12, B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and environmentalist David Suzuki visited the Rocky Mountain Camp where Treaty 8’s Stewards of the Land and local farmers are camped out in minus 20 degree weather vowing to prevent BC Hydro from logging an area slated to be flooded by the dam. Read more.


Upcoming 

Webinar: How to write an op-ed and developing relationships with editors, with Cheryl McNamara
February 25th @1pm EST
 
Webinar: Fourth Online Campaign Update
March 10th @1pm EST
 
To register for either or both webinars, visit the Winds of Change Updates and Training page

Featured Resource

Briefing Paper: Huge Challenges for Canada after the Paris Climate Conference 

In a new research paper, KAIROS analyzes the outcome of the December 2015 Paris Conference on Climate Change. The study describes ten significant outcomes of the UN conference and ten challenges it poses for Canadians.  Download this paper. 

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