From Spring 2022

Demonstration in Stockholm against the Russian invasion of Ukraine Feb 27, 2022 CC-BY 4.0 Frankie Fouganthin

Alternatives to Military Violence

Many institutions and ways of doing things persist because of the wide-spread acceptance of TINA [there is no alternative]. — Geoff Harris, quoted in Are We Done Fighting? We feel so many things when we see images of the suffering caused by war. They may include outrage, sorrow, confusion, and a desire to do something…

Cartoon depicting the situation of children of incarcerated parents

Breaking the Silence: 2020—2022

A major concern of CFSC’s in recent years has been the plight of children when their parents or caregivers are incarcerated. One way CFSC seeks to move this work forward is by using the United Nations as an avenue for advocacy and awareness-raising. Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights…

Breathing Life Into Treaty Relationships

We arrived at 7 am. The autumn sun warmed the Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest in North End, Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. We came to set up. Something was planned that had not happened for 150 years. We gathered to commemorate the 1871 making and signing of Treaties 1 and 2. As the sacred fire burned,…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Since our last edition of Quaker Concern two new staff people have joined our small but vibrant team! Kerry Grier, CFSC’s new Peace Program Coordinator, has practiced human rights law in Zimbabwe and been instrumental in founding and leading multiple nonprofits focused on human rights and healthcare. Jeremy Vander Hoek joined CFSC in the role…

Keeping up with Friends

Keeping Up with Friends

Jerusalem Declaration In a previous issue of Quaker Concern we expressed misgivings about the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. CFSC recently decided to use the clearer Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism to inform our work. Ancestors Voice podcast Ancestors Voice is a new podcast hosted by Orrie Charleyboy and supported by CFSC’s Reconciliation Fund. Orrie’s vision…