Dec 032020
 
CFSC welcomes tabling of Bill C-15 to implement UN Declaration

CFSC welcomes the tabling today of Bill C-15, federal legislation toward ensuring that Canada implements the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, of which we’re a part, made the following public statement. Federal bill to implement UN Declaration a welcome step in the right … read more

Nov 232020
 
Annual Accountability Report 2019-2020

The days have gotten shorter and there’s snow on the ground in many parts of Canada, so you know what that means: it’s time to reflect back on the past year at CFSC. Our Annual Accountability Report hits the highlights of what was a year full of unexpected challenges as well as many successes in … read more

Nov 202020
 
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 learn together, doing activities from our award-winning book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. Leading figures in peacebuilding and human rights promotion are calling the book “a joy,” “exceptionally … read more

Nov 192020
 
Canada must follow through with sustainable funding for UNRWA

A number of Canadian Christian groups came together today to write to Minister for International Development Karina Gould urging Canada to fund The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The open letter is below. Dear Minister,Greetings. We pray that you and your colleagues are well and safe … read more

Oct 292020
 
Federal and provincial governments need to honour and uphold Mi’kmaw fishing rights

The members of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples are appalled by acts of violence and intimidation against Mi’kmaw fishers exercising their Constitutionally protected, legally affirmed, inherent, and Treaty rights. The federal and provincial governments bear responsibility for their long-standing failure to ensure that rights affirmed by the Supreme Court 21 years … read more

Oct 012020
 
No new fighter jets, invest in Canadian prosperity

In the midst of the economic uncertainty and job losses caused by COVID-19, Canada needs investments in a just recovery and new green jobs, not to spend $19 billion on fighter jets (a figure that does not include the cost of running or maintaining the jets, or their environmental impact). This is the message of … read more

Sep 262020
 
Canada can help rid the world of nuclear weapons

Canada is a leader for peace on the world stage… isn’t it? While that may be the image of Canada in the popular imagination, did you know that Canada has failed to support a key treaty that could make our world more peaceful through eliminating nuclear weapons? We’re pleased to join a number of groups … read more

Sep 212020
 
The time is now: Recommit to peace

A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations calling for States to recommit to peace. International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020 Peace is under threat. In 1945, the United Nations was founded to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.’ But the steady progress that has been made towards building, keeping and sustaining peace is … read more

Sep 172020
 
Civil society tells Canada to stop arming Saudi Arabia

The following is an open letter sent to the Prime Minister by over thirty groups. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The undersigned, representing a cross-section of Canadian labour, arms controls, human rights, international security, and other civil society organizations, are writing to reiterate our continued opposition … read more