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

May 032018
 
Open Letter: Call to Restore Judicial Discretion in Sentencing

Dear Minister Wilson-Raybould,   A collection of Members from the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) are writing to urge you to restore judicial discretion in sentencing in order to reduce the criminalization of Canada’s most vulnerable people.   While we appreciate the opportunity to liaise with and inform the Government’s ongoing review of … read more

Apr 302018
 
Bill C-262: our presentation to Parliamentary Committee

On April 24th CFSC program coordinator Jennifer Preston was invited to address Canada’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. The subject was Bill C-262: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. The text of what she said is below.   Good afternoon, I am the daughter of Sarah Jane … read more

Apr 232018
 
Indigenous World 2018

Indigenous World is a “one-of-a-kind documentation tool, that offers a comprehensive yearly overview of the developments Indigenous Peoples experience around the world. The book also serves as inspiration to raise global awareness of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, their struggles, their worldviews, and their resilience.”   For many years now CFSC’s Indigenous Rights program coordinator … read more

Apr 202018
 
Quaker Concern Spring 2018

It’s here! A brand new issue of our eight-page newsletter Quaker Concern is hot off the presses. This issue starts with a moving interview with Jane Orion Smith discussing her 18 years of service work with Canadian Friends Service Committee and sharing wisdom learned along the way. Dick Cotterill and Joy Morris explore a topic … read more

Apr 192018
 
Open letter: Quakers call for honesty in labeling of settlement products

François-Philippe Champagne Minister of International Trade Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0A6   Dear Minister Champagne,   Greetings from Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada. We write to you to express our concern over products made in occupied … read more

Apr 192018
 
Joint statement on implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

We were pleased to issue the following joint statement together with our partners: Amnesty International; Assembly of First Nations; Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; BC Assembly of First Nations; First Nations Summit; Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); Indigenous World Association; KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives; Union of BC Indian Chiefs. … read more

Apr 162018
 
Joint Statement on Indigenous Peoples' Lands Territories and Resources

We’re at the 2018 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. We’re pleased to issue this joint statement together with Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); Amnesty International; Assembly of First Nations; Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador; BC Assembly of First Nations; First Nations Summit; Indigenous World Association; … read more

Apr 162018
 
Commentary - UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

As Bill C-262 moves forward, CFSC and our partners are concerned by the fact that this legislation, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, have at times been misrepresented. International human rights lawyer Paul Joffe provides a critical analysis to respond to Implementing UNDRIP in Canada: Challenges with Bill C-262 by Thomas … read more