Resources

 

All educational resources developed by CFSC are listed below by category. You may also be interested in open letters and public statements issued by CFSC.

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

Criminal justice

  • Sample case law review on consideration of the best interests of the child when sentencing parents. (2018)
  • Brief history (2 pages) of CFSC’s work on criminal justice. (updated 2018)
  • Handout on parole and its role in rehabilitation and community safety. (2017)
  • Handout From Harm to Healing: Transforming the Justice System. (2015)

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

Indigenous Peoples’ human rights

Detailed legal analyses

  • Analysis of the significant differences between ‘veto’ and ‘consent’. (Updated 2018)
  • Annotated commentary critiquing fears raised about implementing the UN Declaration in Canada. (2018)
  • 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)

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

Peace

  • 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 on 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)

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Our educational resources include updates on synthetic biology

Synthetic Biology

  • Update on synthetic biology. (2018)
  • Position paper exploring the major issues, pros, and cons in the field of synthetic biology. (2017)
  • Update on synthetic biology. (2017)
  • Update on synthetic biology #2. (2016)
  • Update on synthetic biology #1. (2016)
  • Quakers and Synthetic Biology – double-sided handout addressing the question, “What do Quakers have to do with synthetic biology?” (2015)
  • Update on synthetic biology #2. (2015)
  • Update on synthetic biology #1. (2015)
  • Update on synthetic biology. (2014)
  • Information Kit for consultation and discernment on synthetic biology (2013) and subsequent Background report on synthetic biology. (2014)

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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.

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