Aug 052022
One Easy Change in Perspective Can Deepen Your Understanding

You know who you are and what you stand for. And sometimes that’s just miles away from what your partner, co-workers, or family members stand for or care about. Or is it? One simple tool will help you find out. And this knowledge might surprise you. Let’s say that you’re a proud individualist. What you … read more

Jul 072022
Joint statement from UN in Geneva

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesFifteenth session, 4–8 July, 2022, Item 9United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesSpeaker: Sashia LeungCoalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples Joint Statement of Amnesty International, Amnistie international, BC Assembly of First Nations, British Columbia Treaty Commission, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers), Femmes Autochtones du … read more

Jun 102022
CFSC on Project Save The World podcast

Our Communications Coordinator Matt Legge joined Metta Spencer’s “Project Save The World” podcast together with guests Liz Carmichael (professor at Oxford University) and Rachel Small (World Beyond War’s Coordinator in Canada). It was a wide-ranging discussion beginning briefly on protests against Canada’s largest weapons fair, followed by a longer disagreement about the Queen of England’s … read more

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 in conflicts

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