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KAIROS Witness

In this monthly blog, KAIROS explores the social and ecological justice issues related to the extractive industry and watersheds, the rights of Indigenous peoples, women and migrant workers, and how to build movements of change. KAIROS brings awareness and offers insights on Canadian and global issues that are too often ignored.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 7
Melina Laboucan-Massimo. Image: Melina Laboucan-Massimo/Facebook
Richard Thompson | On the day U.N. climate talks begin in Bonn, KAIROS Canada launches a new blog series called New Economy Trailblazers showcasing leaders in the transition to a clean energy economy.
Blog - KAIROS Witness October 9
Image: Flickr/Bread for the World​
Connie Sorio, Tess Agustin | On Thanksgiving we gather with family and friends and often we acknowledge the delicious bounty that's before us. But what about the temporary foreign workers who tend to and harvest this food?
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 8
John Dillon
Jennifer Henry | John Dillon, KAIROS Canada's long-serving researcher and policy analyst on the global economy, human rights and ecological justice passed away on June 5.
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 22
Tar Sands Healing Walk 2014. Photo by Allan Lissner
John Dillon | Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. When it comes to fighting climate change, however, the ride will be rougher.
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 13
Philippine delegates in Canada
Connie Sorio, Bishop Antonio Ablon | Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations?
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 8
Rachel Warden | This year KAIROS is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8) with the launch of a video on Isabel Caicedo Polanco and the work of KAIROS’ partner, Organización Femenina Popular in Colombia
Blog - KAIROS Witness February 7
Cheryl McNamara | Last January, KAIROS released its wish list for the year -- 10 plus one hopes for the federal government and the provinces to fulfill. Two of these were realized. Here are our wishes for 2017.
Blog - KAIROS Witness January 3
RCMP in Alberta participate in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, a participatory re-t
Cheryl McNamara | KAIROS Blanket Exercise becomes part of the RCMP's Alberta Division's mandatory Indigenous cultural training for all officers and employees.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 24
Violence Against Women Painting
Rachel Warden | November 25 (UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and following 16 days of activism against gender-based violence offer important opportunities to respond to this issue.
Blog - KAIROS Witness September 13
Rolling Justice Bus against Site C Dam. Photo by Deirdre Kelly.
Katy Quinn | Nine years ago today, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Where is Canada today on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
Blog - KAIROS Witness August 17
Panel members: ‘Convergence Assembly on Gendered Impacts: Indigenous women and r
Rachel Warden | I had the honour of accompanying a group of Indigenous women and organizations to the World Social Forum, and felt like I was in the presence of the spirit of Berta Cáceres.
Blog - KAIROS Witness August 8
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
Alfredo Barahona | If you ask Latin American expats what they know about Canada's TRC and residential schools, most will answer "not much." To address this KAIROS translated its powerful Blanket Exercise into Spanish.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 21
Circle Dance at Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Edmonton
Shannon Neufeldt | On National Aboriginal Day, we encourage you to sign the petition, urging your province to fully implement TRC Call 62.i.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 9
The Honourable Senator, Murray Sinclair
Sara Anderson | Despite the many challenges that Indigenous peoples face today, Murray Sinclair reminds us that "education is the means by which we will be able to fix this."
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 21
Image: Wikimedia Commons
John Dilllon | How might Canadians celebrate Earth Day? My suggestion is that we all carefully read the Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 21
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
Jennifer Henry | If we give them a chance, kids can help end racism against Indigenous people in Canada. And the best chance we can give them is through the schools.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 8
Rachel Warden | This International Women's Day, KAIROS is releasing a series of videos featuring courageous women in Canada, Latin America and the Philippines.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 2
Participants of the Migrant Justice Forum, held in Fredericton, NB, February 13
Connie Sorio, Alfredo Barahona | Canada announced a review of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) just days after the Equal in Dignity – Equal in Rights Forum in Fredericton. The timing could not have been better.
Blog - KAIROS Witness January 26
Two participants at the mass Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill, June 2015
Cheryl McNamara | KAIROS presents its wish list to bring us closer to a reconciled, respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and a just transition to a clean energy economy.
Blog - KAIROS Witness December 10
Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris Climate Accord.
John Dillon | If Canada is serious about learning from Indigenous peoples on caring for Mother Earth, it will have to reconsider core aspects of climate policies it inherited from previous administrations.
Blog - KAIROS Witness December 2
A CEIBA promoter in Santiago, Guatemala with valley behind her.
Rachel Warden | We work with CEIBA to better understand and make visible the impacts of large-scale resource extraction on women and the critical role women play in defending collective rights and the environment.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 26
La Via Campesina demonstrate in Copenhagen
John Dillon | As the Paris climate conference approaches, amplifying the voices of Indigenous peoples is the most important role KAIROS can play.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 25
Consultation in Guatemala
Rachel Warden | Today women in Canada and the Global South are calling for an end to the daily violence against women everywhere, in all its forms.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 24
Climate activists donning the masks of leaders point in the direction they want
John Dillon | If negotiations at the Paris climate conference drag on past the December 11 deadline, it will likely be due to wrangling over financing for climate adaptation in developing countries.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 19
John Kerry at COP20; Photo: UN
John Dillon | The European Union and the United States are engaged in an unusual public dispute concerning whether agreements reached at the Paris climate conference will be legally binding.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 17
'Paris Climat 2015' sign on Eiffel Tower; Photo: World Tech Today
John Dillon | Prime Minister Trudeau has raised expectations for Canada's action on climate change. The most important challenge will be meeting the imperative to keep most fossil fuel reserves in the ground.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 12
Syncrude operations at the Alberta tar sands. Photo by Sara Stratton
John Dillon | I was surprised by media reports that pre-Paris national pledges of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions could keep temperature increases to around 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100. So I investigated.
Blog - KAIROS Witness October 8
Women making their voices heard in Guatemala. Photo credit: CEIBA
Rachel Warden, Anne Marie Sam | Environmental degradation, gender justice and Indigenous rights have barely made the election radar. It’s not surprising that the issue of mining impacts on Indigenous women is nowhere to be seen.
Blog - KAIROS Witness September 23
Pope Francis
John Dillon | When Pope Francis addresses the UN on September 25, how will his message resonate with Canadians?
Blog - KAIROS Witness September 15
Participants of the Rolling Justice Bus (Zsuzsa Harsman is in the middle)
Steve Gray, Zsuzsa Harsman | We travelled for eight days through the heartland of B.C. on the Rolling Justice Bus. Our purpose? To connect with First Nations, faith-based groups, environmentalists and others following the TRC.

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