Jul 172018
CFSC expresses concerns about Canada's involvement in arms trade

CFSC, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada, wrote yesterday to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland to express deep concerns about Canada’s involvement in the arms trade.   Canada’s arms industry is opaque, as are the criteria for approving arms sales, and the role of the Canadian Commercial Corporation.   What … read more

Jul 162018
Quaker Concern Summer 2018 issue is here!

Quaker Concern Summer 2018 issue is out now. Our eight page print and digital newsletter Quaker Concern comes out three times a year to share news and stories from our work.   This issue starts with Jennifer Preston and Rachel Singleton-Polster offering a day by day description of what it’s like to represent Quakers for … read more

Jul 092018
Joint statement on free, prior and informed consent EMRIP 2018

Joint statement on free, prior and informed consent EMRIP 2018   Joint Statement of: Amnesty International Canada; Assembly of First Nations; Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; BC Assembly of First Nations; Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers); First Nations Summit; Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) / Cree Nation Government; Haudenosaunee External … read more

Jul 042018
New fact sheets explain Indigenous rights issues

We’re pleased to launch a new series of fact sheets developed with our partners in the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples! The three fact sheets are brief but full of important and timely information. Ideal for printing and handing to elected officials or passing out at events or rallies, each fact sheet … read more

Jul 042018
Separating children from their parents: it's not just happening in the US

Separating children from their parents: it’s not just happening in the US.   Recently the world has been shocked by news coming out of the United States regarding refugee children. Many of us have seen chilling images of children who are terrified and extremely distressed after being forcefully separated from their parents. This is what … read more

Jun 202018
Canada: abolish mandatory minimum sentencing

Canadian Friends Service Committee has written to all Senators to express our support for Bill S-251, which would abolish mandatory minimum sentencing. Read our open letter below, and, if so led, scroll down to find out how to easily email your own letter to Canada’s Senators.   Open letter Dear Senator,   I am writing … read more

May 312018
Coalition welcomes House of Commons commitment to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Media Release The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples – made up of Indigenous Nations, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society groups and individual experts and advocates – is commending Members of Parliament on the adoption of Bill C-262, a private members bill to implement the UN Declaration.   Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, who … read more

May 152018
CFSC joins call for an independent inquiry into the case of Hassan Diab

Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Justice and Attorney General 284 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8   Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs 125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2   Dear Ministers,   Greetings from Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. We write to express our deep … read more

May 152018
Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Canada

The following open letter was sent today. Download it in PDF to read a list of signatories.   We are writing with respect to Canada’s recent examination under the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the outcome of which – providing a compilation of 275 recommendations made to Canada by 107 states … read more