Statements and resources issues by CFSC and our partners

CFSC and the War Resisters Support Campaign organize talks like this one to raise awareness about the legal status of conscientious objection to military service.

We make public statements and create educational resources on issues of concern to Quakers in Canada. All of our recent statements and resources are posted below by category.

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Criminal justice

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Indigenous Peoples’ human rights




  • Joint Open Letter to the Prime Minister discussing free, prior and informed consent and full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (2015)
  • TRC Guide for Friends – a resource to help Friends engage with the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015)
  • Analysis of why the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is much more than just “aspirational”. (updated 2015)
  • Statements and resources from CFSC and our partners

    Will David, Jennifer Preston (CFSC), Kenneth Deer (Indigenous World Association) and Paul Joffe (Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)) at the UN in New York

  • Joint Statement – Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Who’s Afraid of Human Rights? (2015)
  • Queries for Friends as we engage with reconciliation. (2015)
  • Brief about the TRC. (2015)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctrine of Discovery. (2015)
  • Joint Statement: UN human rights report shows that Canada is failing Indigenous Peoples. (2015)
  • Joint Statement: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (EMRIP 2015)
  • Joint Statement: 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. (2015)
  • Media Release: Canadian Friends Service Committee welcomes the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (2015)
  • Joint Statement Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (UNPFII 2015)
  • Joint Statement Eradicating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls. (UNPFII 2015)
  • Joint Statement – Outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. (UNPFII 2015)
  • Joint Commentary on the federal government’s response to Bill C-641 – UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. (2015)
  • Joint Statement calling on the Government of Ontario to withdraw plans for clearcut logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. (2015)
  • In Bad Faith – joint report on Canada’s failure to resolve specific land claims. (2015)




  • In 2001 Sarah Chandler presented the annual Sunderland P. Gardiner lecture at Canadian Yearly Meeting. Her lecture, The Never Broken Treaty? Quaker Witness and Testimony on Aboriginal Title and Rights, prompts us all to examine our roles in the ongoing oppression of Indigenous Peoples and provides suggestions for engagement and working for positive change.
  • Thinking About Home – a guided meditation created by Sarah Chandler.
  • More statements and resources related to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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    Statements and resources on issues like justice and peace in Israel/Palestine

    Olive trees in Aida refugee camp, Occupied West Bank

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    Peace – conscientious objection

    Find more resources related to conscientious objection.

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    Hassan Diab

    Hassan Diab

    Peace – civil liberties

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    Resource Extraction & Climate Change

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    update on the synthetic human genome and many other applications of synthetic biology

    cc-by Drew March

    Synthetic Biology

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    Other issues

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    Yearly Meeting Minutes

    Sign at Friends House in Ottawa where Canadian Yearly Meeting’s office is. Photo: Manuela Popvici

    Yearly Meeting minutes are positions Quakers in Canada have reached collectively through worshipful discernment. This usually starts when local Quaker Meetings have a concern, which may then be seasoned for some time before a minute is brought forward to a session of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – the national body of Quakers in Canada. Canadian Friends Service Committee is a committee of CYM, which is why the CYM minutes below call on CFSC to work on particular concerns.

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