Sep 212017
 
Israel/Palestine, nonviolence, and F/friends

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta will be leading a two day program on Israel/Palestine, nonviolence, and F/friends in Ottawa from October 13 to 15.   This program is open to all. Registration is limited and required by September 30th     Download the PDF file .   Download the registration form (.docx). And email it to Carol Dixon. … read more

Sep 212017
 
International Day of Peace!

“Commitments to address root causes are at the heart of the changes required for the international community to genuinely shift towards preventing, rather than responding to, crisis.” –Joint Statement, International Day of Peace   Today is the International Day of Peace! CFSC Peace Program Coordinator Matt Legge wrote a brief blog post published by our … read more

Sep 202017
 
Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty open for signatures

Today was the first day that countries could sign the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Canadian Friends Service Committee joined many organizations in calling for Canada to sign. Canada boycotted the meetings in developing the Treaty, which was overwhelmingly supported by countries all over the world except for the nine nuclear states and most North Atlantic … read more

Sep 132017
 
10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument   The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the … read more

Sep 052017
 
Our questions about Canada's defence budget

In June, Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced a 73% increase in military spending, which, if it happens, would take Canada’s military budget to $32.7 billion a year.1 This is a complete about face from policies under the previous government, which cut Canada’s defense spending (along with other cuts to government spending).2   … read more

Aug 232017
 
CFSC Newsletter Quaker Concern Summer 2017 issue released

We’re excited to launch the summer 2017 issue of our newsletter Quaker Concern with five articles and other short news pieces we think you’ll find interesting and informative: Physical Punishment of Children and Youth by Sarah Chandler   Children are persons in formation. As such, they continually challenge parents as they explore and learn during … read more

Aug 182017
 
New interview with Quaker historian Jane Zavitz-Bond

Quaker historian Jane Zavitz-Bond may know more than anyone about the history of Canadian Quaker work for peace and justice. We’re pleased to share this short video interview with Jane about the significance of Canadian Friends Service Committee.     Find out more about the history of Canadian Friends Service Committee.  

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