KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

May 25, 2009 12:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Gitxsan First Nation Chief, Ray Jones Part of KAIROS Delegation to Northern Alberta Tar Sands

NEW HAZELTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2009) -

Attention: Environment, Business, Religion, and Aboriginal Issues Journalists

WHO: Ray Jones, Hereditary Chief of the Gitxsan First Nation in British

WHAT: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives delegation of
Canadian church leaders, Indigenous and Southern partners to Alberta
tar sands and affected communities.

The delegation will tour Suncor's mining facility, meet with the Oil
Sands Developers Group, Mayor Melissa Blake, church, labour and
community groups.

Meetings, public events and community gatherings are being held with
church and community members, Indigenous peoples, civil society
groups, government and industry representatives.

This follows the successful launch of the delegation in Edmonton and
meetings with Indigenous peoples and the Fort Chipewyan community
last weekend.

WHERE: Fort McMurray

WHEN: May 25 and 26, 2009 (part of a weeklong northern Alberta tour)

WHY: To explore the theological, social and ethical implications of
fossil fuel extraction in the Athabasca tar sands. To listen,
discuss and learn more about the Alberta tar sands projects and
their impacts on all involved communities - society at large,
workers, Indigenous peoples and communities, and the environment.

For more information about the delegation, including a full list of participants and the delegation blog, visit the KAIROS website at www.kairoscanada.org

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