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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

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…

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.  …

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

Each year in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Haudenosaunee hold a whitetail deer hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park. The right to hunt there is guaranteed under treaty, but each year the entrance to the park is cut off by a group of protesters.   On November 17th, CFSC Program Assistant Keira Mann spoke on a…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

CFSC member Dick Cotterill (Halifax Meeting) travelled to St. Mary’s University in Halifax to attend a conference on Harm and Harm Reduction in the Criminal Justice System. This was a good learning and networking opportunity for Dick, who serves on CFSC’s criminal justice program committee.   CFSC communications coordinator Matt Legge was at Western Half…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

CFSC peace program coordinator Matt Legge was on Vancouver Island in March speaking about the practical peace skills he’s been researching for a forthcoming book. In particular the talks raised issues like how we can engage with people we disagree with in the most constructive ways possible, and what evidence shows are the false or…

Friends on the Move

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.…

Friends on the Move

Friends on the Move

In May the CFSC staffing model was revised. We affirm our ongoing relationship with Jane Orion Smith, who is unable to return to her duties as General Secretary at this time due to a head injury sustained in 2015. Jane Orion’s readiness to return to work will continue to be assessed jointly with her medical…