The Convention on the Rights of the Child

After dinner one night, a friend of my mother’s shared a story that has stayed with me. She had been shopping at the local mall with her kids when police officers stopped her and took her in for questioning. She matched the description of a shoplifter they’d been looking for. As it happened, she had…

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Indigenous voices on reconciliation - Collin Orchyk

Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation

What does reconciliation mean to you? What suggestions do you have for non-Indigenous people to respectfully engage in reconciliation? Have you seen a change in how people are engaging in reconciliation in recent years? If you had to choose one thing that you wish every person knew about reconciliation, what would that be? What are…

Just olives - Israel/Palestine, justice, peace

Just Olives

Those are Palestinian olives, he said as I cleared out the last of the ovoid green gems he had on display. I was shopping for Christmas treats to share with friends. “I know,” I replied. “I was just there.” He looked at me seriously and asked what I was there for. Cautiously, I explained that…

Keeping up with Friends

Keeping up with Friends

CFSC expresses solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people Coastal GasLink is in the process of creating a pipeline, which crosses territories of many Indigenous Nations, including the Wet’suwet’en. Intimidation and arrests have been used against nonviolent Indigenous land defenders. CFSC has shared our deep concerns; called for respectful, good faith dialogue; and expressed our solidarity with the…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Early 2020 saw Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator Jennifer Preston traveling to Maskwacis Cree territory (Treaty 6) for meetings related to ongoing partnership work. She and CFSC associate Paul Joffe travelled to northwest BC for a series of educational presentations on the UN Declaration and meetings, including with regard to the challenging situation in Wet’suwet’en territory.…

The messy work of seeking justice

The Messy Work of Seeking Justice

Listen patiently and seek the truth which other people’s opinions may contain for you. Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Do not allow the strength of your convictions to betray you into making statements or allegations that are unfair or untrue. Think it possible that you may be mistaken.—Canadian Yearly Meeting, Advices and Queries #17…

CFSC Celebrates BC Indigenous Human Rights Legislation. A totem pole in front of the BC Legislature building in Victoria. Photo: Flickr/"The Brit 2" CC- BY 2.0

CFSC Celebrates BC Indigenous Human Rights Legislation

November 26, 2019 was the historic day when British Columbia (BC) adopted provincial legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (previously known as Bill 41) was co-developed with Indigenous peoples in BC through the First Nations Leadership Council. Like Bill…