Apr 262017
CFSC writes in support of Hassan Diab

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) has written to Canada’s Minister of Justice due to our concern with the situation of Canadian academic Hassan Diab. Hassan was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014. The extradition judge described the evidence against Hassan as “very problematic”. However, the judge said the low threshold under Canada’s extradition … read more

Apr 252017
Joint Statement at the UN: Calling for National Action Plans

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Sixteenth Session Tuesday April 25, 2017 Agenda Item 8   Joint Statement of: Assembly of First Nations; Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et Labrador/Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador First Nations; Amnesty International; Confederacy of Treaty No. 6; First Nations Summit; Grand Council of the Crees … read more

Apr 242017
New website launched for CFSC newsletter

We asked for your feedback and because of what we heard, we’re excited to be launching a new website for our newsletter: http://quakerconcern.ca!   You can now read articles all the way through, no more flipping between pages in a PDF file. It will be easier to read Quaker Concern on different screens, especially tablets. … read more

Apr 032017
Let Justice Roll: New Ecumenical Resource on UN Declaration

Let Justice Roll: Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a new resource from the ecumenical justice coalition KAIROS. It reiterates Canadian churches’ commitment to the full implementation of the UN Declaration called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. CFSC joined other churches and KAIROS staff in … read more

Mar 312017
Parole, Rehabilitation and Community Safety

The word “parole” is quite familiar, but stop and ask yourself, how much do you actually know about parole? How does it function? In what ways is it helpful or harmful? How does it relate to community safety? What about its relationship to rehabilitation of people who formerly committed crimes?   To help improve understanding … read more

Mar 302017
American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A newly updated analysis written by CFSC associate member Paul Joffe examines recent developments in the Americas, including the establishment of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and comments made by Canada, the United States, and Colombia. Download the full paper or read it below: Download the PDF file .   Read … read more

Mar 292017
CFSC joins in letter on Court Challenges Program

Canada’s Court Challenges Program has historically provided funding for challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that advance the rights of marginalized and disadvantaged groups. Funding to the Court Challenges Program was ceased in 2006. While applauding the Court Challenges Program’s recent reinstatement, CFSC has joined many other groups to express concerns over … read more

Mar 032017
Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities Training

For many years, CFSC has been enthusiastic about Quaker peacebuilding work in the Great Lakes region of Africa. This has included supporting multiple Canadians to attend international training sessions in Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC).   The 10th international HROC training to be an HROC facilitator is coming up. HROC is a powerful way … read more

Feb 172017
*Updated* Fact Sheet - UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

We’re hearing more and more about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples these days. From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to the Prime Minister to Indigenous Peoples themselves, community groups, the media… people are talking about the Declaration.   But what is it? What does it say? Where does … read more