Jul 242015
UN human rights report shows that Canada is failing Indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples and human rights groups say that a new United Nations report on Canada’s human rights record should be a wake-up call for all Canadians.   The UN Human Rights Committee, which regularly reviews whether states are living up to their obligations under the binding International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, today made … read more

Jul 232015
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Eighth session 20-24 July 2015 Item 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   Speaker: Kenneth Deer, Indigenous World Association   Joint Statement of Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); Assembly of First Nations; Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers); First Nations Summit; First Peoples Human Rights Coalition; Indigenous World Association; Inuit … read more

Jul 222015
Radical Nonviolence: a Camp for Peacemakers

CFSC is thrilled to announce that from August 24th to 30th, 2015 we will be gathering at Camp NeeKauNis (130 KM north of Toronto on the shores of Georgian Bay) to build community and share skills. Radical means “rooted” and this camp will help us all to discover and strengthen our roots in nonviolence.   … read more

Jun 302015
2015 Federal Election Resources

Canadians will go to the polls for a federal election in October. Canadian Friends hold a broad range of concerns, so we’ve put together a set of election resources – brief background information and questions you may want to ask of candidates seeking election. The election resources kit includes links to questions from other organizations … read more

Jun 092015
Canada should follow lead of Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Federal government should follow lead of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in recognizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as framework for reconciliation Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are calling on federal, provincial, and territorial governments to follow the lead of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in calling for the United … read more

May 262015
New book on peacebuilding with contributions from Friends

Voices of Harmony and Dissent: How Peacebuilders are Transforming their Worlds is a new book from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Press, co-edited by Rick McCutcheon (Winnipeg Meeting) and with chapters written by Friends and other peace leaders who’ve taught at CMU.   As a companion to the book, CMU has launched a series of four … read more

May 252015
Synthetic biology update 2015

By combining biology, computer science, and engineering, the emerging field of synthetic biology (SB) promises to produce “designer life forms”. Quakers, grounded by our testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and unity with creation, can play a significant role in shaping policy regarding this rapidly expanding field. We are one of the few faith … read more

May 252015
Truth and Reconciliation closing events

May 31st to June 3rd will be the closing events of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Watch this 1 minute video for an introduction to the closing events “Time for Reconciliation”:   As the TRC website says, “For more than 120 years, tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were sent to Indian Residential Schools funded … read more

May 142015
Canadian Quakers call on government to recognize right to nonviolent protest

CONTACT: Matthew Legge, Program Coordinator – matt@quakerservice.ca – 416-920-5213   Canadian Quakers call on government to recognize right to nonviolent protest   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO. Canadian Quakers are not backing away from their call for a boycott of products made in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.   “We find it … read more