Jul 192021
Chief Willie Littlechild: Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Self-Determination

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples14th Session (Virtual)July 12, 2021North American Regional Meeting Item 8: Draft Report on efforts to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Self-Determination Joint Statement from the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples* Speaker: Chief Willie … read more

Jul 062021
CFSC joins in renewed calls to end prolonged solitary confinement

A coalition of groups including Canadian Friends Service Committee is renewing its call for an immediate end to indefinite, prolonged solitary confinement in Canada’s federal prisons. The organizations were among dozens recently invited to a “consultation” convened by the Correctional Service of Canada (“CSC”) to discuss issues within Structured Intervention Units (“SIUs”) – highly restrictive … read more

Jun 172021
Passage of national UN Declaration Implementation Act a milestone for Indigenous rights and reconciliation

Our Nations and organizations are celebrating the fact that long awaited and hard-fought national legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) has successfully passed the final vote in the Senate. Bill C-15 An Act Respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, establishes a … read more

Jun 102021
Get to Know Thee, Friend: A 12 part series for our 90th anniversary

Brew some tea and join Canadian Friends Service Committee on the last Thursday of every month this year for an online evening of discussion, sharing, and Friendship. Our series Get to Know Thee, Friend is a chance to meet Friends from across Canada and learn about their experience with Friends and with service work. Register … read more

Jun 022021
Kanieke’ha:ke social worker Wanda Gabriel on trauma

Wanda Gabriel is a professor of social work at McGill University and a citizen of Kanehsatà:ke, Kanieke’ha:ke nation. The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples received this video of Professor Gabriel discussing intergenerational trauma, its impacts for Indigenous peoples, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Bill C-15. CFSC holds in the Light all … read more

May 282021
CFSC discusses peace and polarization on US radio show

Northern Spirit Radio, based out of Wisconsin, hosted CFSC’s Peace Program Coordinator Matthew Legge for an hour long conversation about issues ranging from societal polarization to neuroplasticity. How do we make peace spread like a virus instead of perpetuating fear, hate, and injustice? Have a listen to the conversation between host Mark Helpsmeet and CFSC’s Matthew … read more

May 212021
CFSC dismayed by situation in Israel/Palestine, renews call for Canada to end military relationship with Israel

The following open letter was sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dear Minister Garneau, Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada, is dismayed at the current events in Israel/Palestine. For the past several weeks, Israel’s police and some violent settlers have been attacking peaceful Palestinian protesters in … read more

May 212021
Our favourite Indigenous films

We’re often asked a question along the lines of, “What Indigenous films does CFSC recommend if I want to learn about Indigenous cultures?” A tremendous amount of content is out there, so to help respond to this question we decided it would be useful to create a one-page handout with our top recommendations. Have a … read more