Friends on the Move
CFSC members continue to visit cities across Canada to lead workshops on penal abolition, and to strengthen our connections with grassroots Quaker justice work. In October 2017, Dick Cotterill (Halifax Meeting) and David Summerhays (Montreal Meeting) visited Sackville, New Brunswick and Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. In January 2018, Joy Morris (Calgary Meeting) visited Edmonton, Alberta. If your Quaker Meeting or other group would be interested in a penal abolition workshop, please contact us.
What happens in the wake of extreme violence like the Rwandan genocide? People must find ways to live together again. The Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) methodology was developed by Friends in this context, to address the need for building community at the grassroots in the aftermath of massive trauma. In 2017 CFSC supported Johnny Kalombo Ngalula and Justin Kamba Ntuala (Kinshasa Meeting, DR Congo) to be trained to bring HROC skills to their own work. These friends are part of Project Muinda, a small and isolated group of Quakers seeking, with the support of CFSC, to build peace in their city through conflict transformation and education initiatives.
CFSC staff Jennifer Preston (Hamilton Meeting) was an invited speaker in Montreal for the city’s events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in September 2017. In November she presented to Friends at Hamilton Meeting using CFSC’s new Reconciliation resource. In December she was in Ottawa to speak at the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chiefs Assembly.