Feb 052018
Open letter to all MPs - Parliamentarians should embrace Bill C-262

Open Letter to All Members of Parliament Parliamentarians should embrace Bill C-262 as a crucial step toward shared goal of reconciliation; repudiate fear mongering and misrepresentations of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   The Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged all governments to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous … read more

Jan 292018
Winter 2018 Issue of Quaker Concern

The first issue of Quaker Concern for 2018 is now online. Here’s a preview of the articles you’ll find (in addition to short news and updates):   Advancing Legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples By Jennifer Preston CFSC proudly worked with partners in the Coalition for the Human Rights of … read more

Jan 222018
Open letter to Prime Minister over Jerusalem

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,   I write on behalf of Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. We were pleased to learn that Canada’s embassy in Israel will not be moved from Tel Aviv. However, we are deeply concerned that a move by the United States to recognize … read more

Jan 112018
The latest news on synthetic biology

What better way to start the year than with another installation of our synthetic biology updates? Since 2014, Canadian Friends Service Committee has been publishing short and simple updates about the synthetic biology news that has made headlines. Read on to find out what synthetic biology is and how it’s being applied. In this update: … read more

Dec 212017
Annual Report 2016-2017

Our Annual Report 2016-2017 is now online with an introductory letter from CFSC Clerk Derek Nice, a brief rundown of the year in peace, Indigenous rights, and criminal justice work, and our revenue and expenses. We encourage you to read the Annual Report 2016-2017 to get a sense of how CFSC has put the donations … read more

Dec 072017
Open Letter to the Participants in the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights

The upcoming ministerial meeting on human rights demonstrates that federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada recognize that more must be done to fulfill Canada’s domestic and international commitments to recognize, respect and fulfill human rights. As a concrete and meaningful way to better address this need, our organizations are calling on the federal, provincial … read more

Dec 052017
Coalition urges Canada to stand by commitment to implement UN Declaration

Legislation on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Coalition urges Canada to stand by commitment to implement UN Declaration   The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a consensus international human rights instrument elaborating standards for the survival, dignity, security and well-being of Indigenous Peoples of the world. Today, MP Romeo … read more

Nov 282017
Joint open letter supporting disease treatment centre for Grassy Narrows

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne:   Our organizations – human rights organizations, environmental groups, faith communities and citizens’ movements – stand with the people of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in calling on the federal and provincial governments to take immediate action to ensure that those who are suffering from the devastating health … read more

Nov 052017
CFSC endorses Multi-Faith Charter

Canadian Friends Service Committee has joined a long list of endorsers (including Quaker agencies and Meetings) to a new Multi-Faith Charter being brought to the president overseeing the climate change conference in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November. The full text is below.   Multi-Faith Charter   As believers from several of the world’s … read more

Nov 012017
Major UN Declaration symposium happening in Quebec

A major UN Declaration symposium is happening later this month at the University of Quebec. Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Priorities, Partnerships and Next Steps will bring together Indigenous Peoples, key experts, civil society groups, and government. It is free to attend and will also be live streamed if you … read more