1. Kairos’ Philippine Leaders’ Tour “Our Land, Our Rights, Our Peace” – Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto – Itinerary

KAIROS is hosting a five-person delegation from the Philippines from March 20 to April 5, 2017 to help Canadians make the connection between human rights violations and resources extraction projects in the Philippines, including by Canadian-owned companies, and to build support for the ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.

This Delegation is a follow-up to the 2014 KAIROS Philippine Learning Tour that visited Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Bayog, Zamobanga del Sur that were affected by the operations of TVI-Resources Development, Inc., a subsidiary of TVI Pacific Inc., which is headquartered in Calgary.

For more information, please contact:

Connie Sorio, Asia-Pacific Partnerships Coordinator, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Email: | Tel: 416-463-5312, ext. 240



2. National Gathering
UFMJ National Gathering Registration Open!


We of this generation are the stewards of the land in which we live.

The next generation will call upon us to give an account of our stewardship.

– Anonymous

This May, spend a few days recommitting and acting for mining justice.

Most of the world’s mining companies are Canadian. Most of the serious human rights violations – murder and kidnappings, criminalization and violent repression, severe water contamination – registered at mines around the world are at these Canadian mines.

As the earth, water and people face tremendous risks proposed by the Canadian extractive sector, we must find community and courage to act to defend life.

Delegation members include (read all biographies):

– Bishop Antonio Ablon, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican), Zamboanga del Sur
– Carlos Zarate, Member of Philippine Congress (Bayan Muna PartyList); Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources; Vice-Chair, House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity
– Anie Bautista, National Coordinator, Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice)
– Eufemia Campos Cullamat, Indigenous leader from Mindanao
– Nenita Condez, Subanen (Indigenous) woman leader from Mindanao

The delegation will travel to the following cities. Details of events will be added as they are confirmed.

Ottawa: March 20-23
Calgary/Edmonton: March 24-28
Montreal: March 25-30
Winnipeg: March 29-31
Toronto: April 1-5


Mass at Christ Church and Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, with sermon given by Bishop Antonio Ablon
The mass will be followed by a Q&A with the congregation
Sunday, March 19, 10am
101 rue Symmes Gatineau (Alymer) Quebec

ROUNDTABLE: War on Indigenous peoples in the Philippines

Examining the struggles of the Lumad Peoples of the Philippines against mining and development aggression
Monday, March 20, 3-5 pm
083 Tabaret (Senate Chambers University of Ottawa)
Contact Padriac at (613) 562-5800 ext 5693 for inquiries
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Meet & Greet Luncheon
Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 – 2:30 pm
Great Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street
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Building Peace in the Philippines
Wednesday, March 22, 6-9pm
Public Service Alliance of Canada, 233 Gilmour Street
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Building Peace in the Philippines
Saturday, March 25, 5-8pm
FCJ Centre, Auditorium, 219 19th Avenue SW, Calgary
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Public Forum: For a Just and Lasting Peace
Saturday, March 25
University of Calgary, Professional Faculties Building Room 3257

Public Forum: For a Just and Lasting Peace
Sunday, March 26, 1-3pm
University of Alberta, Education Building, ED129
11210 87th Avenue, Edmonton (University LRT)


Community Dinner and Short Presentation of the tour
Friday, March 24, 6pm
Immigrant Workers’ Centre, 4775 Van Horne Avenue, Suite 110
Contact Tess Tesalona at (514) 655-3142 for inquiries
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Bishop Ablon to Join in Leading Worship
Sunday, March 26, 10am
Beaconsfield United Church, 202 Woodside Road, Beaconsfield, Quebec
Contact Rev. Shaun Fryday at (514) 695-0600 for inquiries
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Community Dinner and Public Forum with Philippine Solidarity Friends
Sunday, March 26, 5pm
St. Columba House, 2365 Grand Trunk St
Contact Rev. Patricia Lisson at (514) 932-6202 for inquiries
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KAIROS Montreal Ecumenical Gathering
Sunday, March 26, 6-8pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 635 Saint-Catherine Street West, at McGill Metro
Contact Tess Tesalona at (514) 655-3142 for inquiries
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Impacts of Mining and Conflict on Indigenous Women and Communities in Mindanao
Wednesday, March 29, 7-9 pm
Sir William Stephenson Library, 765 Keewatin St., (Bus # 30717 and/or 30810)

KAIROS Cambrian Agassiz – MEET and GREET
Building a Just and Lasting Peace in Mining affected Indigenous communities in Mindanao
Sam’s Place, 159 Henderson Hwy (Bus #41 Henderson Express


Saturday, April 1, 2-5 pm;
OISE Room #560, 252 Bloor St., W

Tuesday, April 4, 7-9 pm;
Mary Ward Centre, 70 St. Mary Street

Join us May 5-7 at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre for the 2017 United for Mining Justice National Gathering and join a movement to build mining justice in Canada and around the world.

Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM here.

We have created a number of options for registration with the hopes of making participation in the 2017 United for Mining Justice Nation Gathering as accessible as possible for everyone. If you don’t see an option here that fits your needs, please contact us and we will work with you to help make your participation possible!

– General Registration for the gathering is $300 (Early Bird Registration until March 4 – After March 15, $325 will be charged). REGISTER HERE.

This fee includes:

– registration

– meals and lodging at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

– ground transportation from Winnipeg to the retreat centre

The fee does not include travel/airfare to Winnipeg.

– Commuter price – $160 (Early Bird Registration until March 4 – After March 15, $185 will be charged). REGISTER HERE.

This fee does not include overnight accommodations, breakfasts or transportation to Sandy Saulteaux.

Please do not stay away due to lack of funding! If you would like a bursary application, please indicate below. We also encourage participants to seek funding through local churches, presbyteries and conferences or local fundraising.

Youth and folks who work with youth ** We hope to have a strong youth component at this gathering. If you are a youth or work with youth (as a volunteer,lay-minister, minister or staff person) you may be able to apply for funding to participate in this gathering through the United Church of Canada Vision Fund. Click here for details and the application form.