July 22, 2019

Reflexión: Loque significa caminar en tierra robada; una reflexión sobre el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS

Como hija de inmigrantes nicaragüenses, no soy ajena a las historias de dictaduras respaldadas por los Estados Unidos y tampoco sus masacres. Las historias contadas durante el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS en su versión guatemalteca me hicieron llorar de…

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July 22, 2019

Spirited Reflection: What it means to walk on stolen land

The Guatemalan KAIROS Blanket Exercise (adapted from the Canadian version) was recently held in Toronto. Two others have commented on the impact of the exercise— one as a settler, one as a First Nations woman, and now, a third as…

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June 20, 2019

Spirited Reflection: Imagine

At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways of…

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June 19, 2019

Stalling on Bills C-262 and C-337 undermines Canada’s democratic process, jeopardizes reconciliation and fails to protect human rights

This Open Letter was first published on kairoscanada.org on June 17. 17 June 2019 Open Letter to Parliamentarians A unanimous motion of the 338-member House of Commons said that two bills currently before the Senate, Bills C-262 and C-337, are “critical pieces…

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June 18, 2019

Advocates continue to push for Indigenous rights bill as deadline looms

Blog re-posted from kairoscanada.org A bill which would harmonize Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) would need to restart its life in the House of Commons—after the federal election—if not passed by…

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June 12, 2019

Hyperbole and misrepresentation must not prevent Senate passing Bill C-262

This article was first published on kairoscanada.org on June 11. We are hopeful that in a matter of days the Senate will vote to adopt a private member’s bill that would require the federal government to begin in earnest the…

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June 7, 2019

Urge the Opposition Leader to stop senate filibustering of Bill C-262!

Bill C-262 is in trouble. On Wednesday, June 5, Senator Don Plett refused a motion from Senator Lillian Dyck to allow the Senate Committee to proceed with its scheduled review of Bill C-262. The five senators who have been filibustering…

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June 3, 2019

KAIROS attends closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into MMIWG

As today we participate in the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, our hearts are heavy. Heavy with mourning for those who have died, whose absence demands memory and honour. Heavy with…

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March 29, 2019

The outsider insider perspective- how a KBE changed me

I am a settler in Canada and having immigrated from India about a year ago, I felt a longing need not just to belong here, but also to be able to connect with the cultural and historical past of this…

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March 1, 2019

Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

Shining a harsh light on the impacts of colonization On a cloudy, fall afternoon at NAIT Main Campus, a circle of chairs are arranged around five patterned blankets laid flat on the floor. It’s a homey scene – one of…

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