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

Mar 262016
Urgent Action: US conscientious objectors facing deportation

An alarming number of US Iraq War resisters in Canada are living in limbo, under constant uncertainly and the threat of possible deportation to harsh punishment.   Please support the rights of these conscientious objectors. Write to John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship and copy your Member of Parliament.   Let the Minister … read more

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