Quaker Concern is back!


It’s time to kick off 2019 with another edition of Quaker Concern, CFSC’s 8 page print and digital newsletter.

In this issue Joy Morris sheds some light on how Canada may be failing children when their parents come into conflict with the law. Do Judges Consider Children’s Rights When Sentencing Parents?

Bertha Small shares stories from trainings delivered and visits conducted with front-line peacebuilders and conflict transformers in one of the biggest and busiest cities on earth – Kinshasa, DR Congo. My Visit to Kinshasa, DR Congo

Manuela Popovici challenges settler folks to reflect deeply on the inner work we each need in order to engage in genuine reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Reflections on the Inner Journey of Reconciliation

Tony McQuail explains why his new Canada Day celebration involves making a donation, which he doesn’t see as “charity.” Why I Support CFSC’s Reconciliation Fund

And as always, we share some brief highlights from CFSC’s work and recent travels in support of justice and peace.

You can find the current and previous issues of Quaker Concern at https://QuakerConcern.ca, where you can also download them in PDF.

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Photo: Louise Potter, Andy Aitchison, Prison Image and Pact

Do Judges Consider Children’s Rights When Sentencing Parents?


When a parent (or a person with parental responsibilities) is arrested, sentenced, or imprisoned, it can have a profound and lasting impact on their children. A standard measure of childhood trauma that psychologists use is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences score. One of the ten questions used to calculate this score is, “Did a household member go to prison?” Read more.

Bertha Small with the Matete-Kisenzu Peace Cell

My Visit to Kinshasa, DR Congo

I flew into Kinshasa with Leon, a Congolese trainer in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). While waiting for two hours for my luggage, I was thrilled to have a young man ask if I was Bertha. It was Johnny, from Kinshasa Monthly Meeting’s Project Muinda, which CFSC has supported for two decades. We finally emerged from the airport to be greeted by the founder of Project Muinda, Bakamana, and to be loaded into a waiting taxi. Read more.

March for Reconciliation, Ottawa, 2015. Photo: Ben Powless

Reflections on the Inner Journey of Reconciliation

A few years ago, I attended a talk by Mohawk Elder Rarihokwats in Ottawa and received a mighty teaching when he asked us (the non-Indigenous folks attending), “Why are you still settlers?” His question challenged my settler/ally identity, which felt destabilizing and made me angry. Reflecting on this question and my anger in the years since, I came to realize that the outer journey into reconciliation with Indigenous people invites us also into a parallel inner journey. We need to engage at both levels if we want our outer work not to replicate historical harms. Read more.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was translated into Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) by the Mohawk Language Custodians Association of Kanehsatà:ke with financial support from CFSC.

Why I Support CFSC’s Reconciliation Fund

I support the Reconciliation Fund out of a sense of responsibility, accountability, and obligation. As I have learned more about the failure of my settler predecessors to honour their treaty obligations, and about the damage of the residential school system, I’ve developed some appreciation of the past and continuing injustices that carry forward for both the Indigenous and settler descendants who call Canada home. Read more.

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