Sep 212015
Joint statement on World Peace Day

Facing the Challenge of Peace: A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations on World Peace Day   On this day, the International Day of Peace, we, a group of peacebuilding organizations from around the world, bring you this message.   The 70th anniversary of the United Nations brings an unprecedented number of major negotiations, reviews and … read more

Sep 102015
Mothers in prisons: new guidelines released

New guidelines for incarcerated women with children [glossary_exclude] Vancouver, September 10, 2015 – Today an international coalition of researchers released a set of guidelines that will set national standards for the treatment of incarcerated women who are pregnant or in custody with children.   CFSC welcomes and endorses the Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child … read more

Aug 262015
Quaker Concern summer issue is here!

We’re back from an incredible (busy!) and enriching time at the national gathering of Quakers, Canadian Yearly Meeting, this year held in PEI. The summer issue of our newsletter Quaker Concern is now ready to bring you updates from these sessions as well as: Considering the best interests of the child, Life as a CFSC … read more

Aug 262015
Canadian Friends and BDS

Canadian Friends Service Committee has released a new research paper about the relationship between Canadian Friends and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.   The paper discusses the history of BDS and how Friends came to support aspects of the movement, as well as how dialogue plays a role in the quest for peace … read more

Aug 172015
Penal abolition resource launched

From Harm to Healing: Transforming the Justice System is a newly launched educational resource that answers questions about penal abolition, dispels myths, and offers viable alternatives to a criminal justice system that harms criminals, institutional staff, families and communities.   An easy read at just four pages, the resource is still extremely thought provoking – … read more

Aug 012015
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

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

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