Winter 2018 issue of Quaker Concern - the push for Indigenous rights legislation

The Winter 2018 issue of our newsletter Quaker Concern is here with four full articles and other short news updates!
Jennifer Preston speaking at the UN Declaration symposium in Gatineau, Quebec. Photo credit: Kenneth Deer.

Advancing Legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Jennifer Preston

CFSC proudly worked with partners in the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples to host a symposium, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Priorities, Partnerships and Next Steps, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Declaration. Our Symposium took place at the University of Quebec in Gatineau, November 20, and 21, 2017. Read more.

Left to right: Dick Cotterill (Halifax Meeting), David Summerhays (Montreal Meeting), Kirsten Van Drunen (Kitchener Area Meeting), Michael Pedruski (Montreal Meeting), and Sarah Chandler (Interior British Columbia Meeting)

The National Restorative Justice Symposium

By Dick Cotterill

I wake up. It’s 4:30 AM. At first I notice the silence. It’s quiet now. Earlier in the night it was noisy. The jail cells were purposely constructed with rounded ceilings so that sound would travel. This lets the guards hear what goes on in the cells. I assume that is why I could hear everyone so well earlier in the night. I see the light shining through the bars of my cell door. I sit up on the side of the bed, put my feet on the floor, and reach out, nearly touching the sides of my cell with my fingertips. Read more.

Screenshot from Defense for Children International-Palestine’s short documentary Detaining Dreams, which features interviews with Palestinian children about their experiences in military detention.

No Way to Treat a Child

By Matthew Legge

I’ve learned a great deal from Friends about discussing difficult issues and searching together for unity in the Spirit. Without having to agree, we can find ways to hold a broader perspective and come to experience a deeper truth. Every area that CFSC works on is controversial, and many will passionately disagree with our views on Indigenous Peoples’ human rights, criminal justice, or synthetic biology. CFSC’s views are ever evolving, and we must continue to listen to those with whom we disagree. Read more.

A Quaker Perspective: Technology, Synthetic Biology, and Extinction

By Fred Bass

Industrial technologies have extended across the earth and provided benefits like food, clean water, sanitation, and housing to billions of people. However, with increased consumption of resources and the social changes that technologies and capital-driven economies have brought, they have also disrupted ecosystems and human communities. In fact, the global, ecological impact of humans and our technologies has already led to the Sixth Mass Extinction of life. We are in the midst of a global, biological catastrophe. Read more.

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