Keeping up with Friends

Lastest joint statements

  • The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples issued a statement on the 16th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
  • We repeated our call for Hassan Diab not to be extradited from Canada for a second time:
  • CFSC joined multiple letters and statements on Gaza including calling on Canada to support South Africa’s Genocide Convention case against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

New short videos, including five alternatives to prison

We continue to release great video content like a video narrated by CFSC’s Nancy Russell that briefly looks at five effective alternatives to prison.

Did you know there are already successful alternatives to prison? In this eye-opening video, we delve into innovative solutions that are transforming the landscape of criminal justice and offering a path towards safer communities and genuine rehabilitation. The video explains:

  1. Community-based sentences
  2. Restorative justice
  3. Education, employment, and training
  4. Addiction and mental health services and
  5. Healing Lodges.

Since the last edition of Quaker Concern we’ve also put out a one minute short for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and more interviews from our Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation series. Watch, comment, and subscribe for more on YouTube.

2023 annual report

Each year CFSC shares an annual accountability report. It gives you a quick sense of the many accomplishments that your donations helped to realize this. The 2023 report offers brief highlights from work in support of Indigenous peoples’ human rights, peace, and criminal justice initiatives, and includes an opening letter from our Clerk (Chair of the Board of Directors) Vince Zelazny.

The incredible power of listening

A recent study found that only 5% of people said they felt “heard” after a conversation. In this blog post for Psychology Today Matt Legge shares stories and research about the benefits of listening.

Matt also joined the Kerulos Center for Nonviolence for an hour long conversation that covered a wide range of topics from how social networks shape our emotions and decisions to how contemplative practices can be useful to activists.