Jul 312020
Working Towards Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples Webinar Series

We have been part of planning a series of webinars hosted by Pendle Hill and described below. This six-part series is co-sponsored by Canadian Friends Service Committee, Decolonizing Quakers, and Friends Peace Teams/Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. Learn more and register to attend: https://pendlehill.org/learn/fall-conference-2020/ Canadian Friends are encouraged to register. CFSC has a limited number … read more

Jul 082020
Ban facial recognition by law enforcement, intelligence agencies

CFSC has joined a large group of civil liberties and privacy advocates in calling for a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by Canada’s federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The letter also calls for a meaningful public consultation on all aspects of the technology in Canada, and clear and transparent policies and … read more

Jun 282020
Build your peace skills: join our online workshop series for free

Canadian Friends Service Committee is offering a free interactive peace skills workshop series! You can join a group to study and do activities from our award-winning book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. The series helps us to learn from one another and to develop skills that we … read more

Jun 242020
Indigenous voices on reconciliation

Many settlers wish they could ask Indigenous people questions about reconciliation without appearing foolish or rude. Canadian Friends Service Committee knows that not every settler has the opportunity to have open dialogue with Indigenous friends and neighbours. This is why we want to give you a chance to hear the answers to some important questions … read more

Jun 232020
Indigenous involvement necessary in responses to police violence

Statement on police violence and the need for governments to actively involve Indigenous peoples in responses. Two weeks ago, Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC), the peace and justice arm of Quakers in Canada, released a joint statement in response to the death of George Floyd in the United States and the subsequent public actions to … read more

Jun 092020
Canadian Quakers condemn systemic racism

At Canadian Yearly Meeting and Canadian Friends Service Committee we hear the calls in the streets and in the media for an end to racial violence and injustice. This is echoed in communities across Canada. The ongoing wounds of racism are open and laid bare. We demand better from individuals, from our leaders, and from … read more

May 152020
COVID-19, editing humans, and more: synthetic biology update 2020

The synthetic biology update 2020 is here! Once a year we share with you a brief, simple, and non-technical rundown of the key issues making headlines in the weird world of synthetic biology. Synthetic what? It’s already happening. Many scientists, biohackers, and corporations are trying to create novel life forms. They want to move from … read more

May 132020
CFSC's book wins a Nautilus Book Award

We’re please to announce that our book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division just won a Nautilus Book Award in the category of Social Change and Social Justice! With the slogan “better books for a better world” the Nautilus Book Awards recognize books that make a difference and … read more

Apr 172020
Massive call to respect human rights while responding to COVID-19

We are one of 157 organizations and 144 individual experts who wrote to the government of Canada about our concern for human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. A call for human rights oversight of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic Regard for human rights is essential in times of crisis. Human rights principles provide a … read more

Apr 142020
Indigenous peoples’ rights must be respected during COVID-19

Joint statement on COVID-19 pandemic and Indigenous peoples’ human rights During the extreme challenges caused by the current threat of the coronavirus, our Nations and organizations are profoundly concerned with ensuring respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights, particularly their rights to self-determination, health, security and well-being. Related Treaty rights of Indigenous peoples must also be fully … read more