Aug 152017
Hiroshima Day activities celebrate Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

Quakers in Peterborough, Ontario joined other community members to form the Peterborough Peace Council. There has been a monthly Monday evening vigil for a couple of years now. This year, with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons having passed, the usual Hiroshima Day activities took on new significance in reaching out to the … read more

Aug 102017
Continued discrimination against First Nations children violates global anti-racism treaty

Canada continues discrimination against First Nations children Federal government’s failure to comply with Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling at issue next week during United Nations review.   Prominent Canadian child welfare and human rights organizations want the United Nations’ top body for combatting racism to take the federal government to task over its persistent failure … read more

Aug 032017
No way to treat a child

Every child should be free from cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment. Just about everyone can agree with this statement.   In practice, one of Canada’s closest allies is cruelly and systematically mistreating children, and Canada is turning a blind eye.   Due to the nature of military law, an arrest warrant for Palestinians under occupation … read more

Aug 032017
Healing the deepest traumas

What happens in the wake of extreme violence like the Rwandan genocide? Many people who have been deeply traumatized must find ways to live together again.   The Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) method was developed in this context, to address the incredible challenge of building community at the grassroots in the aftermath of … read more

Aug 012017
New position paper on synthetic biology takes on the tough questions

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) is pleased to release a new position paper, Synthetic biology: major issues of concern to Quakers. We’ve been actively tracking synthetic biology since 2012, and this paper focuses our thinking, reflecting on the major issues we see in the field. Although the topic is synthetic biology, many of the issues … read more

Jul 242017
Joint statement about Indigenous Peoples' participation in the United Nations system

We were one of 14 organizations issuing the following joint statement delivered by Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild at the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.   Download the PDF file .   Download this joint statement in PDF.     Learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.  

Jun 302017
Canada 150: Statement by Canadian Friends Service Committee

As the ‘Canada 150′ celebrations happen over the next few days, we encourage you to give some thought to how these celebrations impact our Indigenous partners and friends.   Two points have been raised: Firstly, that Indigenous Peoples have lived and exercised sovereignty over the territory of what is now Canada for far longer than … read more

Jun 302017
Local Quaker actions for reconciliation

In 2016 Canadian Friends found unity with a proposal to take our reconciliation work “to the next level.” This commitment involves grassroots actions across Canada based on the local opportunities. Friends agreed to report back each year about our progress. We are pleased to share the first update with actions Friends in 13 different Meetings … read more

Jun 302017
Synthetic biology update 2017

The first synthetic biology update of 2017 is here. In just a few pages and without requiring a background in science to understand, the update is designed to give you some insights into the applications of synthetic biology making headlines. Inside you’ll find updates on: gene drives hypothetical bioweapons cyborg dragonflies synthetic biology food bacteria … read more

Jun 212017
Quakers express profound concern over famine

Open Letter Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs   Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6   June 21, 2017   Dear Ministers,   We write with profound concern over the famines in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria. These famines are massive in scale and … read more