Mar 032016
 
Quaker response to TRC Call to Action 48

Quaker Response on Call to Action #48 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples       #48. We call upon the church parties to the Settlement Agreement, and all other faith groups and interfaith social justice groups in Canada who have not already done so, … read more

Feb 242016
 
Friends support a world free of nuclear weapons

Open letter to those working to prevent the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system in the United Kingdom.   Dear Friends,   We are encouraged to hear of the mass mobilization of support for scrapping replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system. We congratulate and hold in the Light all those who work for … read more

Feb 192016
 
Canada poised to "condemn" boycott of illegal settlement products?

Canadian policy states, “As referred to in UN Security Council Resolutions 446 and 465, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The settlements also constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.”   At the same time that Canada considers Israeli settlements to be … read more

Feb 112016
 
There’s nothing clean about the Site C dam

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   There’s nothing clean about the Site C dam: Canadian organizations condemn Peace River hydroelectric mega-project for human rights violations   Dear Prime Minister,   Our organizations are profoundly concerned that construction of the Site C dam is being pushed ahead despite the conclusion of a joint federal-provincial … read more

Jan 252016
 
Truth and Reconciliation: The Importance of Examining Genocide

The winter issue of our newsletter Quaker Concern is here and the cover story examines a crucially important topic – genocide against Indigenous Peoples. The article explains what constitutes genocide under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and notes that, “Viewed in isolation, certain actions might not be … read more

Jan 132016
 
Seeds of Peace - call for submissions

Seeds of Peace: Peacebuilding Stories   We are all aware of the world’s violence. Studies suggest that humans have an innate bias to pay attention to extreme or violent stories, and there is no shortage of these.   Yet all around us internal and inter-personal conflicts are being transformed in positive ways. Potential violence is … read more

Jan 122016
 
Honouring the Treaties

Public Event Honouring the Treaties: The Site C dam, the destruction of a valley, and the Trudeau government   Speakers: Helen Knott, Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Rob Botterell, legal counsel to the Peace Valley Land Owners Association   7 PM Wednesday February 17, 2016 Tranzac Hall 292 Brunswick Ave (Brunswick & Bloor)   … read more

Jan 022016
 
CFSC is hiring a new criminal justice program coordinator

CFSC has a staff position available at the national office, Toronto. The Quakers Fostering Justice (QFJ) Program Coordinator is a half-time position (17.5 work hours/week). They support the work of the QFJ volunteer program committee which sets directions for the program, and is involved in program delivery. Work includes: Research, education and writing on criminal … read more

Jan 012016
 
Could YOU be the 2016 CFSC Program Assistant?

CFSC is now accepting applications to be our 2016 Program Assistant. This is a four month paid position offering young people 19-29 the opportunity to learn about office work, program work, and to do direct service work one day per week. 2015 Program Assistant Keira Mann had this to say, “CFSC opened up a range … read more

Nov 242015
 
Joint open letter on free, prior and informed consent

Partners including CFSC have written the following open letter to Canada’s new Prime Minister:   Dear Prime Minister,   Our organizations welcome your public commitment to a renewed relationship between the federal government and Indigenous Peoples in Canada based on the rights guaranteed in Canada’s Constitution and enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the … read more