Aug 212019
 
Our newsletter Quaker Concern - Summer 2019 issue

The Summer 2019 edition of Quaker Concern, the 8 page print and digital newsletter of Canadian Friends Service Committee, is here. In this issue Keira Mann interviews 15-year-old Haana Edenshaw about her experience at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which she says left her feeling changed as a person. Matt Legge discusses Canadian Yearly … read more

Aug 072019
 
Annual Report on Quaker Truth & Reconciliation Work

At our annual gathering in 2016, Canadian Quakers (CYM) approved a minute (https://quakerservice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CYM-2016-Minute-on-Reconciliation.pdf) that listed six action points for Quaker Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups to take forward into the coming year. One of the action points asked local Quaker groups to report back to Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) on their annual reconciliation work, … read more

Jul 292019
 
Respect refugees in the upcoming election

Candidates in many recent elections worldwide have played on racism and xenophobia (a fear of foreigners). This rhetoric is deeply harmful as it begins to make racism and hatred of migrants seem increasingly normal, even acceptable. We are joining with many organizations in an open letter calling on all candidates to be respectful of migrants … read more

Jul 082019
 
New resource on writing territory acknowledgments

Have you ever been to an event that began with an acknowledgment that it was taking place on the traditional territory of particular Indigenous peoples? Have you wondered what goes into such an acknowledgement or how to make one? CFSC has released a new two page handout to help with thinking through and making territory … read more

Jun 242019
 
Bill C-262 will not pass thanks to undemocratic delay tactics

A Dark Day for Democracy The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been a priority focus of Canadian Friends Service Committee’s work for decades. We were there in Geneva when it was being negotiated, when it was adopted by the United Nations, when it was championed by the international community (including Canada), … read more

Jun 142019
 
Report into Hassan Diab's extradition needs to be made public

For years we’ve been deeply concerned by the treatment of Hassan Diab. We were profoundly troubled by the many apparent flaws with Canada’s extradition process that led to Hassan Diab spending years in jail in France without trail and apparently without good evidence against him. We called for a full public inquiry following revelations that … read more

May 272019
 
Check out our blog on Psychology Today

CFSC’s peace program coordinator Matt Legge has been given an on-going blog on Psychology Today’s website. Matt will be posting periodically about peace-related issues, with a focus on some of the many factors that drive us apart and practical ways to overcome this polarization and hatred. The blog offers brief tidbits of content explained more … read more