CFSC Launches Are We Done Fighting?

I recently had the chance to chat with Canadian Friends Service Committee’s peace program coordinator Matt Legge about the new book he’s written for CFSC.   Keira: What is Are We Done Fighting? Matt: It’s a book that collects and shares a lot of surprising stories and research directly relevant to many different problems in…

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Keeping up with Friends

Keeping up with Friends

CFSC on the CBC CFSC’s criminal justice program coordinator Verena Tan was interviewed on CBC’s The Sunday Edition at the beginning of April. Verena and host Michael Enright discussed CFSC’s research suggesting that judges may not be considering the impacts on children when sentencing parents. With well over a million listeners we hope this interview…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

CFSC staff Verena Tan was in Ottawa for board meetings of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice. Verena was also joined by CFSC’s full criminal justice program committee Daisie Auty (Toronto Meeting), Dick Cotterill (Halifax Meeting), and Joy Morris (Calgary Meeting) in Winnipeg for committee meetings and to deliver a Penal Abolition Workshop.  …

Church Delegation Visits Senate to Support Bill C-262

Churches and faith bodies play an important role in the reconciliation process. It is with this in mind that I took a delegation of national church leaders to Ottawa to meet with senators to discuss Bill C-262: An Act to Ensure that the Laws of Canada are in Harmony with the UN Declaration on the…

Why I Stand Up for Respectful Dialogue

Children are humans. They have human rights. On the international stage, Canada has agreed to uphold these human rights. Yet we are concerned that Canada is not currently protecting children’s rights with integrity.   A major focus of CFSC’s work is the human rights of children whose parents have been incarcerated. CFSC works to promote…

Do Judges Consider Children’s Rights When Sentencing Parents?

When a parent (or a person with parental responsibilities) is arrested, sentenced, or imprisoned, it can have a profound and lasting impact on their children. A standard measure of childhood trauma that psychologists use is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences score. One of the ten questions used to calculate this score is, “Did a household…

Why I Support CFSC’s Reconciliation Fund

Editor’s note: Over a year ago CFSC reached out to several of our long-term Indigenous partners, asking them for guidance and support as we considered the rightness of operating a Reconciliation Fund.   We set up a working group with some of these Indigenous partners, who agreed to review applications to the Fund. Based on…