Apr 232019
A speech in Haida

Haana Edenshaw is a youth from Haida Gwaii. She’s accompanying Canadian Friends Service Committee at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York this week. On April 22 Haana delivered a speech at an event hosted by Canada, Ecuador and the Assembly of First Nations. She did it all in her Haida language. … read more

Apr 102019
Conservative Senators jeopardize crucial human rights legislation

New Release Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups condemn partisan efforts to prevent debate on bill to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Proposed legislation crucial to reconciliation is being threatened by partisan stalling tactics in the Senate. Conservative Senators yesterday prevented Bill C-262 being sent to Committee for … read more

Apr 052019
CBC's The Sunday Edition covers our research on sentencing of parents

CFSC criminal justice program coordinator Verena Tan had the opportunity to speak with Michael Enright on CBC’s The Sunday Edition, broadcast on April 7th. Verena shared our research on sentencing parents and how this affects children. With well over a million listeners, we hope this program will help to raise awareness about an important issue. … read more

Mar 062019
New video on growing up around people in trouble with the law

“People who had committed offenses aren’t different,” says CFSC member Joy Morris in a new video from CFSC. This was one important lesson Joy describes learning from a rather unusual upbringing. In the video, Joy explains that she grew up in a household where her mother, Ruth Morris, regularly welcomed people to stay while they … read more

Feb 262019
Living clothing, bioweapons, and edited twins - synthetic biology 2019

It’s happening right now. Many scientists, technology-enthusiasts, and corporations hope to create novel life forms. They seek to move from evolution through natural selection into a moment of ever more human-conceived and designed life.  Combining life sciences, computer science, and engineering, an entire field sometimes called “synthetic biology” is developing. It uses a suite of … read more

Feb 122019
Free, prior, and informed consent: Canada's obligations

Federal, provincial and territorial interpretation and implementation of free, prior and informed consent must be aligned with Canada’s human rights obligations In December, in two separate letters issued under their Early-Warning Measures and Urgent Action Procedures, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called on Canada to seek independent, expert advice … read more

Feb 082019
Churches urge Senators to support C-262

The following open letter was sent to all Canadian Senators on February 7, 2019 Dear Senator, Thank you for the work that you do on behalf of Canadians. We pray for continued strength and wisdom as you consider the legislation that comes before you. As representatives of an ecumenical community committed to the principles of … read more

Feb 052019
Quaker Concern is back

It’s time to kick off 2019 with another edition of Quaker Concern, CFSC’s 8 page print and digital newsletter. In this issue Joy Morris sheds some light on how Canada may be failing children when their parents come into conflict with the law. Do Judges Consider Children’s Rights When Sentencing Parents? Bertha Small shares stories … read more

Jan 312019
How serious is Canada about regulating the arms trade?

Much has been said about Canada’s multi-billion dollar deal to export light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Canada has also recently indicated it will accede to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international agreement seeking to regulate the trade in conventional weapons. To do that, Canada made changes to its Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) … read more

Jan 182019
CFSC stands with all Wet’suwet’en people

CFSC stands with all Wet’suwet’en people in their efforts to ensure their human rights are protected. We feel any use of force by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the opposite of reconciliation. Respectful dialogue is what is needed. The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the need to reconcile pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with assumed … read more