The educational resources we’ve developed are listed below by area of focus. You may also be interested in open letters and public statements, and in our newsletter Quaker Concern and other updates about our work.

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

Criminal justice

  • Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding the children of incarcerated parents in Canada. (2020)
  • Handout on alternatives to prison. (2019)
  • Report Breaking the Silence: Dialogue on Children of Incarcerated Parents. (2019)
  • 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)
  • Guidelines for the implementation of mother-child units in Canadian correctional facilities. The Guidelines are endorsed by CFSC, which also participated in working meetings and the editing process. (2015)
  • Film Anthem for a More Tolerant Tomorrow—a classic that includes Friends and others talking about what penal abolition means and how we can achieve it. (2003)

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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


  • Book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. (2019)
  • 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. (2020)
  • Update on synthetic biology. (2019)
  • 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)
  • 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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Other issues

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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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