May 092022
Note submitted to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Earlier this month CFSC staff Nancy Russell joined other members of civil society in meeting with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Nancy took the opportunity to highlight the issues identified in our submission below. Questions that we drew to the attention of the Committee on the Rights of the Child … read more

May 022022
Your Emotions are Fundamental

Our newest blog post for Psychology Today looks at the crucial role that emotions play in conflicts. Read on for some interesting research on what emotions are and how to engage with them to build understanding during difficult conversations. Here’s an excerpt: It’s hard to avoid messages that tell you what you “should” feel. “You … read more

Apr 282022
Joint Statement of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Twenty-First Session Thursday, April 28, 2022 Agenda Item 6: Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues considered by the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues Speaker: Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia Joint Statement of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples Endorsed by: Amnistie internationale … read more

Apr 202022
Discerning peace and social concerns

Several Quaker Meetings have come to us to express challenges in their work on peace and social concerns. They’ve said, in effect: “We’re exhausted. We see so many problems in the world and we try to take action on too many of them. In the end, we’re left feeling frazzled and spread too thin. How … read more

Apr 142022
Canadians call on NATO to reduce nuclear risks

Canada is collaborating with other countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now also need collaboration to sharply reduce the greater threat we face from the risk of use of nuclear weapons. Canada, as a member of NATO, relies on threats to use nuclear weapons to discourage actions by other states. This is a … read more

Apr 062022
Criminal justice paper calls for investing in communities to reduce reoffending

A new discussion paper Reducing Recidivism: Shifting the Paradigm to Invest in Community (PDF) was released today by the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice. (CFSC is an active member and participated alongside other members in the work to draft this paper.) The paper highlights that recidivism (committing a crime again after having being previously … read more

Mar 312022
UN Declaration & Sustainable Development Symposium

CFSC has been hard at work with partners to prepare a symposium happening next week. You can join online from anywhere in the world! You’ll have a chance to learn from experts on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out this awesome program: Register for free … read more

Mar 302022
Blog post for Psychology Today looks at humour and humilitation

Following a surprise instance of violence at the Oscars when actor Will Smith went on stage to slap host Chris Rock, our newest blog post for Psychology Today examines research on humour and humiliation. Why would someone take the dangerous risk of getting in a physical fight over something as apparently meaningless as a bad … read more

Mar 252022
We're pleased to welcome two new staff!

We’re excited to announce that two new staff people have joined our small but vibrant team at Canadian Friends Service Committee. Kerry Grier, our new Peace Program Coordinator, grew up during wartime in Zimbabwe and witnessed its horrors firsthand. She has been committed to peace ever since. Kerry went on to practice human rights law. … read more

Mar 152022
Ancestors Voice podcast

Ancestors Voice is a new podcast hosted by Orrie Charleyboy and supported by CFSC’s Reconciliation Fund. In this first episode, available now, Orries uses gentle humour to introduce himself and the show. Orrie’s vision for Ancestors Voice is to educate on the history of Canada’s residential schools and to share some of his personal story. … read more