Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)’s office remains closed due to the pandemic, and staff have been working from home since March 2020. Nonetheless, the work continues. CFSC now offers more virtual events, including hosting various film screenings, workshops, and a weekly meeting for worship.
This year marks CFSC’s ninetieth anniversary. To celebrate a new website has been created with pictures, videos, and stories: 90years.quakerservice.ca. Once a month all year long, CFSC will be hosting a series called Get to Know Thee, Friend. Each event offers the chance to hear personal stories about Quakerism and service work from one Friend who has made a major contribution to CFSC.
To help build community and spread peace skills, CFSC continues to offer the six-week-long virtual Are We Done Fighting? workshop series. It features facilitated group activities and one-on-one discussions in breakout rooms. More than 100 people have participated so far.
CFSC is also working to support the passage of Bill C-15, which repudiates all racist doctrines of superiority and rejects colonialism. It would provide a long-overdue framework for the government of Canada to work cooperatively with Indigenous peoples to implement the rights affirmed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in both law and policy.
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