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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Jump to: Criminal Justice, Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights, Peace, Peace – conscientious objection, Peace – civil liberties, Resource Extraction and Climate Change, Synthetic Biology, Other Issues, Minutes from Canadian Yearly Meeting expressing Quakers’ collective positions

Criminal justice

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Statements and educational resources from CFSC on Indigenous rights and other areas of concern

Rachel Singleton-Polster and Tsilhqot’in Nation Chief Roger William at FPIC forum co-organized by CFSC. Photo: Tracey Lynne Photography

Indigenous Peoples’ human rights


  • Joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights focusing on Indigenous Peoples’ human rights in Canada. (2012)
  • Joint statement on the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (2012)
  • Joint letter to Minister James Moore expressing concerns with the consultation process for Canada’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which failed to meet Canadian legal requirements and international norms.
  • Joint submission – Study on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of the rights and identity of Indigenous people. (EMRIP 2012)
  • Joint submission – Extractive industries report. (EMRIP 2012)
  • Joint submission – World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. (EMRIP 2012)
  • Joint submission – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (EMRIP 2012)
  • Joint submission concerning the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the need for procedural reforms in international organizations. The submission has gone to many UN bodies and mechanisms. (2012)
  • Joint statement – Doctrine of Discovery. (UNPFII 2012)
  • Joint statement – Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Exceeding Its Authority and Undermining Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights. (UNPFII 2012)
  • Joint statement – Discussion on the rights of Indigenous Peoples to food and food sovereignty. (UNPFII 2012)
  • Joint statement – Undermining Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and UN Declaration: Urgent Need for Procedural Reforms in International Organizations. (UNPFII 2012)
  • Joint submission – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. (2012)
  • Joint media release in response to concluding observations from CERD: UN Committee calls for “comprehensive strategy” to uphold the human rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. (2012)
  • Joint media release in advance of Canada’s review by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). (2012)
  • Joint alternative report submitted to CERD on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (2012)
  • Joint alternative report submitted to CERD on the Nagoya Protocol. (2012)

  • Factsheet on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (2011)
  • Statements and resources from CFSC and our partners

    Will David (AFN), 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 open letter to the Government of Canada issued to mark the one year anniversary of Canada’s endorsement of the UN Declaration. Indigenous Peoples and human rights organizations highlight positive examples of implementation internationally which are in sharp contrast to Canada’s substandard approach. (2011)
  • Joint statement in support of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group’s hearing at the Organization of American States Human Rights Commission. (2011)
  • Joint statement from North American caucus. (EMRIP 2011)
  • Joint statement – implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (EMRIP 2011)
  • Joint statement Study on Indigenous Peoples and the right to participate in decision-making. (EMRIP 2011)
  • Information Sheet on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (2011)
  • Joint statement – Free, prior and informed consent. (UNPFII 2011)
  • Joint statement on the UN Declaration  on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (UNPFII 2011)
  • Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples – Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing: Substantive and Procedural Injustices relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights. (UNPFII 2011)

  • 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

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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. These minutes are records of unity in the Spirit. As Canadian Friends Service Committee is a committee of the national body of Quakers in Canada – Canadian Yearly Meeting – minutes passed during CYM in session often call on CFSC to work on a particular concern.
Careful consideration and discernment about a concern starts usually at the Monthly Meeting level and this may be seasoned for some time before a minute is brought forward to CYM. Most of these minutes arose following significant background research by CFSC, discernment by Monthly Meetings, and input from many Friends.

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