From Summer 2017

Physical punishment of children and youth

Physical Punishment of Children and Youth

“Violence begets violence. We know that a child experiencing abuse is more likely to see violence as normal, even acceptable… and more likely to perpetuate violence against his or her own children in the future.” – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake1   Children are persons in formation. As such, they continually challenge parents as they…

Bridge of Hope

Bridge of Hope

For a long time I have wanted a place in my community where I could experience the diversity of my city and where I could be of service. I am so grateful to have landed in just this kind of organization. It’s called Bridge of Hope. This is a very harmonious group, fortunate in leadership…

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2017

What’s in a Typical Day at the UN?

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is of critical importance in the struggle to transform relationships based on colonialism and oppression to ones based on human rights and mutual respect. We know how significant the UN Declaration is to Indigenous Peoples, and we work for its full implementation through being active allies…

Keeping up with Friends

Keeping up with Friends

No Way to Treat a Child One of Canada’s closest allies is systematically mistreating children, and Canada is turning a blind eye. The United Nations reports that for a Palestinian child thought to have thrown a stone,   “[T]he common experience… is being aggressively awakened in the middle of the night by many armed soldiers…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

In May the CFSC staffing model was revised. We affirm our ongoing relationship with Jane Orion Smith, who is unable to return to her duties as General Secretary at this time due to a head injury sustained in 2015. Jane Orion’s readiness to return to work will continue to be assessed jointly with her medical…

My Summer with CFSC

Each summer CFSC seeks a young Friend or young person interested in Quakerism and social justice to work as a Program Assistant (PA), supporting both CFSC’s various program committees and its general administrative operations. This summer I was honoured to take the PA position, have the opportunity to work on so many issues close to…

Friends Women's Association works at the grassroots for peace in Burundi

Working for Peace in Burundi

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. It was devastated by many years of civil conflicts and wars following its independence from Belgium in 1962. The breakdown of economic, social, and cultural structures led to a deterioration of women’s condition. The worst example is Kamenge, a slum in the northern part of…