Jun 212012

On February 8, 2012, Geoffrey Cowper was asked to conduct a formal review of British Columbia’s justice system, as Chair of the Justice Reform Initiative. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice released a Green Paper, which summarizes some of the concerns identified by the provincial government. The goals of the independent review are to look at … read more

May 152012
CFSC Welcomes Churches’ Support for Conscientious Objectors

On this, International Conscientious Objectors Day (May 15th), The Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Justice and Peace has released a letter that it wrote to the Jason Kenney, the Minister of Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism asking “the Government of Canada to either allow the US war resisters to stay in Canada on … read more

May 112012

At this the 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), the “issues” to be discussed during the session include the rights of Indigenous peoples to food and food sovereignty, the situation of Indigenous peoples in places such as Central and Eastern Europe, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples slated for 2014, and … read more

May 112012

CFSC staff and volunteers are at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan area of New York City for two weeks in May 2012, along with about 1500 other people from around the world, mostly Indigenous Peoples, to explore common concerns. This year’s Forum is focused on the Doctrine of Discovery. (Pictured: Monica Walters-Field, CFSC volunteer, second … read more

Apr 272012

There is a critical need to affirm and safeguard the customary land and resource rights of Indigenous peoples – especially in the context of food security.  Yet, as currently drafted, the 2012 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Guidelines could serve to seriously undermine the rights of Indigenous peoples globally and weaken the international human rights system. … read more

Mar 142012

Amnesty International Canada  Amnistie Canada  Assembly of First Nations  Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)  Chiefs of Ontario   Grand Council of  the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)  Haudenosaunee of Kanehsatà:ke KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives  MiningWatch Canada  Treaty Four First Nations   NEWS RELEASE UN Committee calls for “comprehensive strategy” to uphold the human rights of Indigenous … read more

Dec 212011

    Development and Peace, L’Entraide missionnaire inc. and CFSC issued a joint press release today.  We were very glad to be able to speak with one voice to insist that the international community stand solidly with the Congolese people by demanding that the election results be tabulated fairly and transparently.  Ignoring the reports of … read more

Dec 082011

Urgent action needed to improve living conditions in Aboriginal communities: Canada must meet its human rights obligations In a joint statement addressing issues related to the current crisis in Attiwapiskat (December 8th, 2011), CFSC, Amnesty and KAIROS have called on the Government of Canada to work in good faith with the community of Attiwapiskat to address … read more

Nov 212011

  Election Day Report is In! On Sunday, Nov. 20, we received confirmation that 4 of our team had already received official accreditation from D. R. Congo’s Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante as election observers for the predential elections, slated for November 28, 2011. The final member of the team received her card on November 23rd. … read more

Nov 032011

CFSC submission on the omnibus crime bill (C-10) calls on the Government of Canada to “put resources into building a society that supports people to fulfill their greatest potential rather than into reactive punitive measures.” Immediately following CFSC’s board meeting, a submission was made to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human … read more