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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 January 11
Image: KAIROS Blanket Exercise logo
Cheryl McNamara | KAIROS Canada launches a winter series of KBE Teaching and Sharing Circles on January 19.
Blog - KAIROS Witness December 2
Participant of Wi'am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre. Image: KAIROS Canada
Jane Thirikwa | The pandemic has been particularly cruel to women, disproportionately impacting their wellbeing and safety, not only in Canada but also abroad.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 11
Women drummers at a KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | Is the federal government's delay in delivering its response to the MMIWG report due to plans to infuse it into its pandemic recovery strategy? Recent government actions leave room for doubt.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 29
Women drum at the Kitchi KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, June 2, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | This June, KAIROS invites you to learn about Indigenous women working to make change in Canada.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 4
Workers at the Coastal GasLink project site on unceded Wet'suwet'en land on April 1, 2020. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/Twitter
Chrystal Désilets, Gabriela Jiménez, Beth Lorimer | The grave threat posed by COVID-19 across the American hemisphere, especially to Indigenous peoples, is exacerbated by extractivism.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 23
Image: Felton Davis/Flickr
Alfredo Barahona | Oscar Romero was assassinated 40 years ago because of his unequivocal opposition to the violation of human rights in El Salvador, military repression and extreme poverty.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 22
Image: KAIROS Canada
Beth Lorimer | The theme of this year's World Water Day explores how climate change and water are inextricably linked.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 27
Isabel Zuleta of Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia in Colombia and Natalia Atz Sunuc of the Guatemalan association Kaji' Ajpop. Image: KAIROS
Gabriela Jiménez | Large-scale resource extraction perpetuates violence, even in countries with peace accords. Women are often on the frontlines of mobilizing to protect land and water.
Blog - KAIROS Witness September 4
KAIROS Climate Action Month
Amelia Berot-Burns, Chrystal Désilets | To galvanize awareness and action on the climate emergency, KAIROS is promoting September as Climate Action Month.
Blog - KAIROS Witness July 3
Picture by Aleksander Pasaric/ Pexels
Amelia Berot-Burns | The Pact for a Green New Deal must also be a social justice pact for the global south.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Figure 1 Members of REMA Mujeres and the From Relajo to Refusal Work Group at UNAM, Mexico City, June 12, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kate Klein.
Gabriela Jiménez | An ensemble of living and non-living beings is calling an alarm: America is a mass grave. América es una fosa común.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 22
Amelia Berot-Burns | Clean water is a human right and yet billions of people, including in Canada, are deprived of it. World Water Day shines a spotlight on this human crisis.
Blog - KAIROS Witness January 16
Upper Kananaskis lake, Alberta. Photo: Thank you for visiting my page from Canada/Wikimedia Commons
Cheryl McNamara | With the aim to promote justice, KAIROS looks to the year ahead and points to all the work that needs to be done.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Isabel. Image: KAIROS Canada
Rachel Warden | Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 15
Great Climate Race team. Photo: Christopher Porter/Flickr
Richard Thompson | Environmental campaigner Ben West and his partner Mari McMillan initiated The Great Climate Race because they believed in encouraging people to make a difference.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 8
Yolanda Becerra Vega of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia, KAIROS Women of Courage partner.
Rachel Warden | This year we are happy that it is finally acceptable (and even trendy) to be a feminist, but we urge Canadians and the Canadian government to fully embrace the challenge.
Blog - KAIROS Witness February 23
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Richard Thompson | Watt-Cloutier sees connections between her personal struggles as an Inuk girl and her public leadership decades later, addressing the environmental crises that afflicted her people.
Blog - KAIROS Witness January 18
Cheryl McNamara | Always striving for extraordinary change, KAIROS expects bold new provincial and federal policies this year that will advance human and ecological rights.
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.