We make public statements and send letters to key decision makers on issues of concern to Quakers in Canada. All of our recent statements are posted below by category.

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Our statements & educational resources on justice include this one on penal abolition - From Harm to Healing

Criminal justice

  • Handout on parole and its role in rehabilitation and community safety. (2017)
  • Brief history (2 pages) of CFSC’s work on criminal justice. (2015)
  • Handout From Harm to Healing: Transforming the Justice System. (2015)


Our resources include a fact sheet on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples’ human rights

Detailed legal analyses

  • Annotated commentary critiquing fears raised about implementing the UN Declaration in Canada. (2018)
  • Analysis of the significant differences between ‘veto’ and ‘consent’. (2017)
  • Analysis of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights, the UN Declaration, and sustainable development in international law. (2017)
  • Analysis of why the UN Declaration is more than just “aspirational”. (updated 2015)
  • Analysis of the UN Declaration’s provisions that are relevant to “consent”. (2013)


Our educational resources include an analysis of Canada's 2017 defence budget announcement


  • Analysis of announced increase in Canada’s defence budget. (2017)
  • Submission to consultation on National Security. (2016)
  • Blog post expressing concerns with Anti-Terrorism Act Bill C-51. (2015)
  • Research paper Canadian Friends and BDS. (2015)
  • Frequently asked questions about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s positions on Israel/Palestine. (2015)
  • Blog post: “Is it time for a Canadian military intervention in Iraq?” (2014)
  • Booklet The Four Elements of Peacebuilding: How to Protect Nonviolently. (2013)
  • Presentation at “Just Peace” Conference. (2012)
  • Brochure for young people considering joining the military, highlighting some issues to consider (2011, 2nd printing).
  • Summary of Canadian Quaker discernment on Responsibility to Protect. (2007) This paper builds from the resource paper for discussion of Responsibility to Protect. (2007)
  • Submission in response to the Anti-Terrorism Act. (2005)
  • Peace Vigil Kit. (2003)


Our educational resources include updates on synthetic biology

Synthetic Biology


Other issues


Yearly Meeting Minutes

Sign at Friends House in Ottawa where Canadian Yearly Meeting‘s office is. Photo: Manuela Popvici

Yearly Meeting minutes are positions Quakers in Canada have reached collectively through worshipful discernment. This usually starts when local Quaker Meetings have a concern, which may then be seasoned for some time before a minute is brought forward to a session of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – the national body of Quakers in Canada. Canadian Friends Service Committee is a committee of CYM, which is why the CYM minutes below call on CFSC to work on particular concerns.