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In This Issue

  1. Winds of Change takes flight
  2. Fracking Forum Bridges New Brunswick and British Columbia
  3. BC Gendered Impacts Symposium deepens understanding of the impact of resource extraction on Indigenous Women
  4. Covenant Chain Link VI
  5. Community feast in Kingston, Ontario
  6. Working Together: 42nd Parliament of Canada, Statement from the Executive Director of KAIROS
  7. Sneak Peak - A Culture of Life

Upcoming:

  1. Join thousands across Canada, and around the world, in the Global Climate March
  2. Black Friday, Cyber Monday...Giving Tuesday!
Featured Resources:
  1. Education for Reconciliation Petitions and Backgrounders
  2. Education for Reconciliation Action Toolkit
  3. Advent 2015: Seeking Shelter
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Winds of Change takes flight

It’s here.

The first phase of KAIROS’ much anticipated Winds of Change campaign is now underway.

KAIROS Canada and the Legacy of Hope Foundation have jointly launched, Education for Reconciliation, a campaign to advocate for the Truth and Reconciliation’s Call to Action #62. 

Starting this month, members of both organizations are gathering signatures on petitions calling on provincial and territorial governments to ensure that all students learn about Indian Residential Schools, Treaties, and the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis to Canada. They will deliver these petitions to the ministers of education and provincial representatives in spring 2016.

Learn more and take action now!

Helping to kick things off, the Globe and Mail printed a letter from KAIROS member Mervyn Russell,  urging provincial governments to act on Call to Action #62. Congratulations Mervyn! KAIROS encourages its network to submit letters to the editor to their local press in support of this campaign. To learn more, contact Cheryl McNamara, Media Coordinator at cmcnamara@kairoscanada.org. 

Sorrow, support 
Re Residential-School Documents Go Online (Nov. 3): If we are to express genuine support for residential school survivors and true sorrow for their suffering, it is essential that provincial governments act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to require that this part of Canadian history be taught in all public and secondary schools, with, wherever possible, participation from First Nations persons.

Mervyn Russell, Oakville, Ont.

Fracking Forum Bridges New Brunswick and British Columbia

On October 30-31, KAIROS sponsored a unique exchange that linked via videoconferencing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Moncton and Vancouver who are concerned about the social, ecological and human rights impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas. Watch all of the speaker presentations online. 
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BC Gendered Impacts Symposium deepens understanding of the impact of resource extraction on Indigenous Women

Brought together by a desire to learn more about how resource extraction impacts Indigenous women, as well as the critical role women play in defending the rights of their communities and the environment, over 50 people, including representatives of Indigenous and women’s groups, industry, and the KAIROS network and member churches, gathered at the Vancouver Public Library on October 13 for the BC Gendered Impact symposium – Indigenous women and resource extraction.   Read more. 

Covenant Chain Link VI

What began as a volunteer’s vision is now an annual Ottawa event in its sixth year with a dedicated and enthusiastic following that draws people from as far away Montreal and Toronto.

 In response to the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its 94 Calls to Action, the theme of Covenant Chain Link VI was Walking Together–The Reconciliation Journey.  Inuit, First Nations and Métis elders, speakers and performers addressed the meaning of reconciliation from their own perspective. Key note speaker and former Interim Executive Director of the TRC, Bob Watts, said reconciliation will not happen from the top down, but from the ground up, from individuals: “It will be like snowflakes that make a snow drift," he said.

Watch the presentations of the 15 speakers online.

Community feast in Kingston, Ontario

Following the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Katarokwi Grandmothers Council partnered with KAIROS and its Board of Directors to host a community feast on October 21 in Kingston, Ontario.It brought together various circles on the shared traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee nations. 

To the accompaniment of singing and drumming, close to 200 people shared a meal of moose and buffalo stew, wild rice, three sisters soup and bannock, all wonderfully prepared by Carol Ann Maracle of Tyendinaga.

Many thanks to the Presbyterian Church in Canada's Healing and Reconciliation Fund for their very generous support of the feast!

In the words of some participants: Read more.

Working Together: 42nd Parliament of Canada, Statement from the Executive Director of KAIROS

On October 19, Canadians elected a new government. KAIROS Canada congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his successful campaign. KAIROS also appreciates the candidates from all parties who put themselves forward for public office. We look forward to working with all Parliamentarians elected to the 42nd Parliament. Read more.

Sneak Peak - A Culture of Life

The trailer for A Culture of Life, a KAIROS video about free, prior and informed consent, is now available! The full-length documentary will be available in 2016.
 

Upcoming

Join thousands across Canada, and around the world, in the Global Climate March

We are less than one month away from the Global Climate March.  On November 29, the eve of the UN climate summit in Paris, we plan on sending a clear message to our newly elected government that climate action is a top priority for Canadians. Join us! Visit their website

Giving Tuesday is a day devoted to just that – giving money and time to help build a better world. KAIROS is participating this year for the first time. 
 
All funds raised on December 1 (and for a couple of days afterwards) through a special donations page on the KAIROS website will go to KAIROS partner Héritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo to support its efforts to end gender-based violence and impunity. 
 
Watch your email, the KAIROS website and Facebook and Twitter for lots more info. And please spread the word far and wide!

Featured Resources

Education for Reconciliation Petitions and Backgrounders

Download, sign and circulate this petition calling for the implementation of Call to Action #62. Each provincial and territorial petition includes a backgrounder.

Education for Reconciliation Action Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources to help you introduce the campaign to your community.

Advent 2015: Seeking Shelter – a KAIROS resource 

Our Advent journey through Peace, Hope, Joy and Love can also carry us along on a search for justice and right relations. KAIROS invites you to an Advent search for that shelter in the spirit of Mary and Joseph’s journey.
 
Seeking Shelter was originally created in 2012 with scripture texts from the Revised Common Lectionary Advent Year C. It deals with migrant justice issues which are relevant this Advent season as Canada strives to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees. 
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