From 2019

Haida youth Haana Edenshaw on her experience at the UN

Haida Youth Haana Edenshaw on Her Experience at the UN

Haana Edenshaw is a youth from Haida Gwaii who accompanied Canadian Friends Service Committee’s delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. Keira Mann, who was also part of the delegation, interviewed her about the experience. Keira: How did you become involved in Canadian Friends Service Committee’s delegation to the…

Canadian Yearly Meeting in Session 2019

2019 was the first of three consecutive years that Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) gathering – a meeting of Quakers from across Canada – will be in Winnipeg. CYM in Session offers a rich opportunity to connect with Friends, to do the business of the national body of Friends in Canada, and to learn about the…

Keeping up with Friends

Keeping up with Friends

New resource on writing territory acknowledgements Have you ever been to an event that began with an acknowledgment that it was taking place on the territory of particular Indigenous peoples? Have you wondered what goes into such a statement? CFSC has released a two-page handout to help with thinking through and making territory acknowledgments. The…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

CFSC’s criminal justice program coordinator Verena Tan was at the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents conference in England. The conference gave CFSC the chance to connect with individuals and organizations with a shared concern around the impacts on children when parents are incarcerated. CFSC was able to share our new report Breaking the…

Hate Is on the Rise. How We Respond Matters

Lately I’ve been researching and reflecting on the causes of hatred, and how to turn the tide in Canada and more broadly. What I’ve found in my research is that a lot can be done, but sadly, there are no easy answers. There are many different paths into a life of hate, and many factors…

Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division by Matthew Legge, Canadian Friends Service Committee

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…

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…