Apr 152021
 
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

Apr 122021
 
COVID-19, novel drugs, and gene therapies: synthetic biology update 2021

Our 2021 synthetic biology update (PDF) is here! It’s happening right now. Many scientists, technology-enthusiasts, and corporations hope to create novel life forms. They seek to move from evolution through natural selection into a moment of ever more human-designed life.  Combining life sciences, computer science, and engineering, a field sometimes called “synthetic biology” is developing. … read more

Apr 072021
 
Open letter: No IHRA definition in Canada's online hate legislation

The following joint open letter was sent to the Ministers of Justice and Canadian Heritage. As organizations committed to the defence of human rights, civil liberties, and the eradication of discrimination, we know first-hand that online hate presents a growing threat to people in Canada. We have seen web-based platforms and social media applications become … read more

Mar 172021
 
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. The full series has already run eight times. It is offered based on demand. Register … read more

Mar 162021
 
Videos of Faith in the Declaration event now available

CFSC co-sponsored and helped to organize the event Canada, The Churches, and Bill C15: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. We’re pleased to say that videos from this event are now available:

Mar 162021
 
Faith bodies submit to House of Commons Standing Committee

Submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs House of Commons Study on Bill C-15: An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Faith in the Declaration Coalition The Reconciliation Journey Compels Faith Communities to Support Bill C-15 Summary: The undersigned, members of the Faith in the Declaration … read more

Mar 042021
 
Addressing Conflict amongst Friends

Addressing Conflict amongst Friends (PDF) is a new resource jointly produced by Canadian Friends Service Committee and Continuing Meeting of Ministry and Counsel. Written specifically for Quaker Meetings, the resource highlights common points of tension and conflict, showing both the challenges and opportunities for growth and deepening of community that they present if navigated with … read more

Mar 032021
 
Talking community building on CBC radio

We were pleased to have CFSC’s award-winning book Are We Done Fighting? featured on CBC Radio Cape Breton’s The People’s School on Community Leadership yesterday. On the show Tom Urbaniak, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Tompkins Institute at Cape Breton University, discusses the importance of conflict transformation skills and the role that everyday … read more

Mar 012021
 
End Canada’s support of the war on Yemen and ongoing weapons exports to Saudi Arabia

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, The undersigned, representing a cross-section of Canadian labour, arms control, human rights, international security, peace, and other civil society organizations, are writing to reiterate our continued opposition to the Canadian government’s issuance of arms export permits to Saudi Arabia. Now entering its sixth year, the war on Yemen has killed almost … read more