Aug 222016
New issue of Quaker Concern

The summer issue of Quaker Concern (PDF) is here!    The 8 page newsletter shares stories from the work of Canadian Friends Service Committee on criminal justice, Indigenous rights, and peace concerns. In this issue you’ll find:   An update on the annual national gathering of Quakers, Canadian Yearly Meeting 2016 (don’t forget to check out the pictures on … read more

Aug 192016
CFSC endorses charter to stop Islamophobia

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) is pleased to endorse the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Charter for Inclusive Communities.   We are deeply concerned by Islamophobia in Canada, as discussed in our 2015 statement Quakers appalled at growing Islamophobia.   We are very encouraged by the work that the National Council of Canadian Muslims is … read more

Aug 022016
CFSC endorses No On Prison Expansion (#NOPE)

Prison expansion is costly and damaging to our communities when more successful alternatives exist. In the following open letter we explain our reasons for endorsing the No On Prison Expansion initiative.   #NOPE c/o Justin Piché, PhD Department of Criminology University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5   Re: Endorsement of the No On … read more

Jul 042016
What does Canada Revenue Agency mean by "political"?

We are often asked about the regulations on charities, including charities’ political activities and overseas work. This typically happens in response to news stories about charities not being in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency requirements. As this is happening so often, we felt it would be worthwhile to write up a few points that registered … read more

Jun 242016
Have your say - reinstate Kingston Prison Farms

Canada reviewing prison farms – have your say!   According to one 2013 case study prison farms: provide much needed rehabilitation programs: development of work ethic and responsibility skills, animal therapy, productive labour and physical exercise, working collaboratively with others, and training in farm management and operation. Have been proven to prevent re-offending and increase … read more

May 252016
CFSC calls for an end to segregation in prisons

Canadian Friends Service Committee has made a submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service regarding its review of segregation (more commonly called solitary confinement) in adult correctional facilities.   The statement raises Friends’ serious concerns with the potential harms produced by various forms of solitary confinement. It notes, “As pointed out … read more

May 122016
Joint statement at UNPFII 2016

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Fifteenth Session Thursday, May 12, 2016 Agenda Item 4   Statement delivered by National Chief Perry Bellegarde Assembly of First Nations, Canada   Joint Statement of: Assembly of First Nations; First Nations Summit; Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); Native Women’s Association of Canada; BC Assembly of … read more

May 042016
Bill C-262: An essential framework for implementation of UN Declaration

What is the significance of Bill C-262? “In many ways, Canada waged war against Indigenous peoples through Law, and many of today’s laws reflect that intent. … The full adoption and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will not undo the War of Law, but it will begin to address … read more