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In This Issue

  1. Education for Reconciliation
  2. Bridging the gap on education for reconciliation
  3. CBC Radio covers KAIROS’ Blanket Exercise in Thunder Bay
  4. KAIROS commits to Reconciliation
  5. Celebrating migrants on International Migrants Day
  6. Declaration by the Movement of Victims and those Affected by Climate Change in Guatemala
  7. Have a Heart for First Nations Kids: putting reconciliation into action

Upcoming:

  1. Reconciliation Moments
  2. The Blanket Exercise & Facilitator Training hosted by Toronto Conference of the UCC
  3. Blanket Exercise & conversation on Theology & Culture
  4. Webinar – Media engagement: Letters to Editor - Education for Reconciliation
  5. Equal in Dignity – Equal in Rights: Migrant Rights Forum
Featured Resource:
  1. La force d'escalader: Des pas sur le chemin de la réconciliation
  2. Strength for Climbing: Steps on the Journey of Reconciliation 
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Education for Reconciliation

Online Action Launched
The KAIROS network has one more powerful tool to build political will in support of Education for Reconciliation. KAIROS recently added an online petition. Simply visit Winds of Change: Send an Electronic Letter to your MPP/MLA, chose your province or territory and sign your name. Easy! Please spread the word to your personal network through email and/or social media channels.
 
To add even more legislative punch, remember to 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. To learn more and take additional action, visit our Education for Reconciliation page.
 
Watch for Education for Reconciliation Organizational Statement
Soon organizations will be invited to sign a statement, available on the KAIROS website, in support of Call to Action 62.1. Unions, NGOs, civil society groups and businesses will be invited to sign, and their names will be posted under the statement. Be sure to visit the Education for Reconciliation web page in the days ahead for this exciting addition to the campaign, and encourage organizations to sign. 
 
Media Outreach
The months ahead will be critical in building political will to ensure that all children learn the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Media engagement will lend urgency to our call. Please join the first of two webinars on reaching out to media on Thursday, January 28 at 1 pm ET.  Led by KAIROS’ Media Coordinator, Cheryl McNamara, the first webinar will focus on letters to the editor. The second, on February 25, will cover op-eds and engaging editors and editorial boards. Register Now!

Online Campaign Updates
Join the monthly online Winds of Change campaign update for an opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies. Catch up on the first two updates.


Bridging the gap on education for reconciliation

In an online article on CBC Aboriginal, Chelsea Vowel articulates clearly the gap between the TRC’s call for K-12 mandatory coverage of the four elements of Indigenous history and culture, and current reality. Read more.


Petition Stocking

CBC Radio covers KAIROS’ Blanket Exercise in Thunder Bay 

Students at Kingsway Park Public School in Thunder Bay recently took part in a Blanket Exercise, led by Canadian Roots Exchange. The Blanket Exercise teaches students about the history of Canada from an Indigenous point of view.
 
Listen to the CBC podcast (5:51 minutes)


COP21KAIROS commits to reconciliation

Statement of KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry on the Release of the TRC’s Final Report
The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report presents us with a choice. We can, as a society, take the report seriously and work collaboratively to fundamentally transform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, or we can choose to ignore the report and its Calls to Action and abandon another opportunity for reconciliation. Read more.


Celebrating migrants on International Migrants Day

December 18 was International Migrants Day and KAIROS is hopeful that the winds of positive change blowing across Canada will benefit migrant workers as well. Read more. 

In collaboration with migrant workers and organizations in British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario, KAIROS plans to facilitate eight migrant justice workshops across Canada in 2016. KAIROS will be releasing a Migrant Justice Workshop Guide, a new education and action tool to enhance understanding of migrant justice issues and strengthen solidarity with migrant workers.


Declaration by the Movement of Victims and those Affected by Climate Change in Guatemala

We are men and women, campesinos and Indigenous peoples, originating from different regions of the country who make up the Movement of Victims and those Affected by Climate Change (MOVIAC). To the government representatives at the negotiations on Climate Change (COP21) taking place in Paris, France, we deliver the following message. Read more.


Have a Heart for First Nations Kids: putting reconciliation into action

First Nations children on reserve experience discrimination in many ways, including the level of services they receive. Among these second class services are basics such as health, education and child welfare. Instead of correcting the situation so that Indigenous kids get the same start in life as other Canadians, to date, the Government of Canada has fought tooth and nail to continue this systemic discrimination. Read more.


Upcoming 

Reconciliation Moments
Meet and Greet for Jennifer Henry, KAIROS’ Executive Director
Wednesday, January 20  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cadboro Bay United  - 2625 Arbutus Rd, Victoria, BC 

The Blanket Exercise & Facilitator Training hosted by Toronto Conference of the UCC
January 23 @ 10 am – 3 pm
Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, 65 Mayall Ave., Toronto 

Blanket Exercise & conversation on Theology & Culture
Wednesday, January 27 @ 1:30 pm 
601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK

Webinar – Media engagement: Letters to Editor - Education for Reconciliation 
Thursday, January 28 @ 10 am PT; 11 am MT; noon CT; 1:00 pm ET; 2 pm AT
Help build political will for Education for Reconciliation 

Equal in Dignity – Equal in Rights: Migrant Rights Forum
Saturday, February 13 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  
Fredericton Inn & Convention Center - 1315 Regent Street Fredericton, NB

Featured Resource

La force d'escalader : Des pas sur le chemin de la réconciliation 

La présente brochure vise à aider les communautés non- autochtones à s’engager sur le chemin menant à la réconciliation avec les peuples autochtones. En apprenant et en désapprenant. En construisant des liens. En pratiquant activement la réconciliation. En concrétisant notre engagement dans le culte, la prière et l’action juste. KAIROS vous accompagne dans ce cheminement alors que, ensemble, nous nous efforçons de pratiquer la réconciliation. Téléchargez maintenant. 

Strength for Climbing: Steps on the Journey of Reconciliation

This booklet is designed to help non-Indigenous communities begin on a path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. By learning and unlearning. By building relationships. By actively practicing reconciliation. By living out our commitment in worship, in prayer and in just action. KAIROS is with you on this journey, as together we strive to practice reconciliation. Download Resource 

 
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