I will be in Edmonton tomorrow (March 20) at the University of Alberta at a conference “Caring for our Water” co-sponsored by Treaty 8 offices and the Keepers of the Athabasca. The main focus will be on the development and impacts of fracking and in-situ mining in Alberta, and a look at the regulations in place (or not). I had news from John Dillon and the KAIROS Sustainability Circle that they have approval to host a Forum on Fracking, likely late October 2015. There is much work on ‘reconciliation in the watershed’ to be done.
REGISTER NOW FOR KAIROS INTERGENERATIONAL GATHERING – Time for Reconciliation (Ottawa) May 29-June 3
To register for this not-to-be-missed KAIROS Intergenerational Gathering, go to https://secure.kairoscanada.org/civicrm/event/register?cid=0&reset=1&id=2&utm_source=Kairos+Times+2014&utm_campaign=5f455d33d2-Register_Now_Time_for_Reconciliation_Ottawa&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_522b217185-5f455d33d2-98815357
KAIROS has subsidized registrations in order to have the event be as accessible as possible. There are 50 spots available at an 80% subsidy (i.e. you pay just 20% of the standard registration cost). Priority for these spots will be given to young adults, Indigenous people, racialized minorities, students and people with disabilities or low income, on a first come, first served basis. To apply for a subsidy, contact Shannon at email@example.com BEFORE YOU REGISTER
POST YOUR RECONCILIATION-RELATED EVENT on KAIROS CENTRAL CALENDAR
KAIROS wants to be a clearing house of information for all reconciliation events happening across Canada. You can send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to circulate this address and invitation among your networks. They will provide a central information space for all reconciliation related events for the next 6 months at least, if not beyond.
Please send details that include: Title of event, Date, Time, Location, Description, Contact info, Link and/or poster if available.
GITGA’AT NATION JOINS ‘PULL TOGETHER’ CAMPAIGN – PHASE 2 LAUNCHED to RAISE $250,000 MORE
The Gitga’at Nation has now joined the “Pull Together” campaign coordinated by Sierra Club and Raven Trust. That makes 7 BC First Nations working together to seek a judicial review of the decisions to allow the Northern Gateway Pipeline to proceed. $350, 000 has been raised to do research and prepare for the court cases set for summer 2015. Now in Phase 2 of the campaign, the goal is $250, 000 more, to pay for court time. Please invite your congregation to “Take Action” http://www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/takeaction/141107. At its meeting in February, the UCC Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools affirmed the United Church’s support for the continuing campaign. As the fundraising for Phase 2 gears up, you are invited to host an event to raise monies and share information about the proposed pipeline, tankers, the panel’s review, and the case.
You’re invited to celebrate Pull Together’s re-launch with a fundraising concert with Sarah Harmer and friends at Vancouver’s York Theatre on March 24 (anniversary of the day the “Exxon Valdez” ran aground in Alaska).
For more information, see www.pull-together.ca
BEAVER LAKE CREE NATION ALSO IN COURT
Raven Trust is also helping Beaver Lake Cree Nation to raise funds to carry forward their landmark case to stop the expansion of the tar sands developments into their traditional territories in Alberta. Click here to watch a video and learn more about this international effort https://www.grrrowd.org/projects/draw-the-line-against-tar-sands-devastation/
PAM PALMATER ON ‘TED TALKS’
You may be interested in the 18-minute talk given by Pam Palmater, who ran for AFN Chief at one time and teaches at Ryerson University on “Canada’s State of Emergency” – it is an urgent, hard-hitting appeal to take action now to save and protect the lives of indigenous peoples in Canada. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Canada-s-State-of-Emergency-Pam;search%3APam%20Palmater
Liaison Minister: Residential Schools
General Council Office: Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools
780-676-0562 (office cell) – is not functioning right now
780-675-7753 (Athabasca, AB home office)