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

Jun 152017
 
New plain language resource explains landmark court case

In 2013 CFSC intervened in the landmark Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia Supreme Court Case. At that time we, along with First Nations and other interveners, called on the Supreme Court to reject government efforts to limit First Nations’ ownership and control of land. We urged the Court to seize this moment to give practical … read more

May 102017
 
Please support bill to put an end to Section 43

Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada authorises parents and caregivers to use force in the “correction” of children. This is contrary to the Peace Testimony of Friends, and contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that Canada has ratified.   CFSC is concerned with the effect Section 43 has on … read more

May 082017
 
Syria: Imagine another way

We watch with horror as news of atrocities and a seemingly intractable war in Syria reach us. We are tired of the same failed approaches that have led to the crisis in Syria. In the long term, these approaches seem mostly to help the few who profit from war but harm the bulk of soldiers … read more

Apr 262017
 
CFSC writes in support of Hassan Diab

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) has written to Canada’s Minister of Justice due to our concern with the situation of Canadian academic Hassan Diab. Hassan was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014. The extradition judge described the evidence against Hassan as “very problematic”. However, the judge said the low threshold under Canada’s extradition … read more

Apr 252017
 
Joint Statement at the UN: Calling for National Action Plans

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Sixteenth Session Tuesday April 25, 2017 Agenda Item 8   Joint Statement of: Assembly of First Nations; Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et Labrador/Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador First Nations; Amnesty International; Confederacy of Treaty No. 6; First Nations Summit; Grand Council of the Crees … read more

Apr 242017
 
New website launched for CFSC newsletter

We asked for your feedback and because of what we heard, we’re excited to be launching a new website for our newsletter: http://quakerconcern.ca!   You can now read articles all the way through, no more flipping between pages in a PDF file. It will be easier to read Quaker Concern on different screens, especially tablets. … read more

Apr 032017
 
Let Justice Roll: New Ecumenical Resource on UN Declaration

Let Justice Roll: Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a new resource from the ecumenical justice coalition KAIROS. It reiterates Canadian churches’ commitment to the full implementation of the UN Declaration called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. CFSC joined other churches and KAIROS staff in … read more