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Friends on the Move shares the recent travels of Canadian Friends Service Committee in carrying out our peace and social justice work. Our newsletter Quaker Concern comes out three times a year and each edition includes this brief section Friends on the Move.

This section describes our journies to realize our mission. CFSC alleviates suffering and develops transformative and sustainable approaches to human rights, justice, and peace. We act through practical assistance, research, education, and policy dialogues.

Our vision is a world in which dignity, justice, peace, human rights, and harmonious relationships with creation are fostered and upheld.

Quakers seek to experience and answer to that of God in all creation. In living out this experience, CFSC’s values are rooted in the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and respect for all creation.

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

At the end of April and beginning of May, multiple members of CFSC once again participated (virtually) in the two-week sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Coalition on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples had a joint statement which was presented by Sheryl Lightfoot (you can read the statement at https://QuakerService.ca/UNPFII2022).…

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…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Keira Mann started with CFSC as a summer Program Assistant in 2015 and went on to join our small staff team. Keira supported many pieces of CFSC’s work including organizing our online events. She has now gone back to school to study graphic design. We wish Keira all the best in her future career! CFSC…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

CFSC staff Nancy Russell facilitated a presentation for Hamilton Monthly Meeting on lived experience in prison during COVID-19 and alternatives to punitive approaches. The session featured guest speakers. Northern Spirit Radio, based out of Wisconsin, hosted CFSC staff Matthew Legge for a wide-ranging conversation on spreading peace. Matt also presented at Atlantic Friends Gathering, to…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

None of us have gone anywhere during the pandemic, but we’ve covered great virtual distances in our witness for justice and peace. Jennifer Preston presented on Indigenous peoples’ human rights to Global Affairs Canada in a briefing session for officials going on international placements. She presented to graduate students at New York University on how…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

As travel remains impossible, we continue to create virtual opportunities for our many supporters to gather, connect, and learn together. CFSC’s Clerks host a weekly Meeting for Worship via Zoom (contact us for details), and we delivered major online series The Only Way Forward and Are We Done Fighting? discussed in this issue of Quaker…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Usually we share our recent travels, but due to COVID-19, here are recent virtual events instead! CFSC is now hosting film nights on Zoom. Our first screening was Conviction, followed by a discussion with former Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth Irwin Elman. Then we screened Cottagers and Indians with a rich Q&A with its…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Early 2020 saw Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator Jennifer Preston traveling to Maskwacis Cree territory (Treaty 6) for meetings related to ongoing partnership work. She and CFSC associate Paul Joffe travelled to northwest BC for a series of educational presentations on the UN Declaration and meetings, including with regard to the challenging situation in Wet’suwet’en territory.…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Staff Matt Legge has presented content from CFSC’s book Are We Done Fighting? in Kitchener, Ottawa, Vancouver, Duncan, Nanaimo (twice), Gabriola Island, Victoria, Lillooet, Kamloops, Kelowna, Edmonton, Orillia, and facilitated a workshop in Toronto together with CFSC member Daisie Auty (Toronto Meeting). Discussions focused on practical responses to hate and polarization. A huge thank you…

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…