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News from Last Weekend’s General Meeting
o Quakers Fostering Justice
o Quaker Aboriginal Affairs Committee
o Quaker Peace and Sustainable Communities Committee
Young Friends Internships – Application Deadline: March 15
News from Last Weekend’s General Meeting:
CFSC and its standing committees met the first weekend of March to do our business. Here are a few
snippets to bring to your attention. Look for more news in April’s E-newsletter:
From Quakers Fostering Justice:
Meredith Egan, and Vince Zelazny of CFSC, Monica Walters-Field of TMM Jamaica Concerns Working
Group (and CFSC), and Friend Jeffrey Field are at Happy Grove (Quaker) High School in Hector's River,
Jamaica offering workshops about conflict transformation and Quakerism as a part of Quakers Fostering
Justice's Jamaica Education Project. They also hope to visit the Swift-Purscell Boys Home, devastated by
fire late last year, and other projects of Toronto Meeting’s Jamaica Concerns Working Group.
CFSC received a request from a law firm requesting support and financial assistance with "a judicial
review of a decision by the Government of Canada to stop its longstanding policy of seeking clemency in
cases where Canadians have been sentenced to death abroad". QFJ will write a letter of support for their
work, and asks Friends to consider whether they would be able to financially support this important work
(all monies are to be used for the many required disbursements; all legal work is being done pro-bono.)
Contact QFJ (email@example.com) for more information.
Creating a Scandal: The 12th International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) is being hosted July
23-25, 2008 in London, UK, by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Friends helped to found
ICOPA. Further information is available at www.icopa12london.org.uk
Meredith Egan, Programme Coordinator of QFJ, will facilitate the Young Friends Program at CYM this
year as they examine "Living Lives that Matter". She welcomes ideas and concerns from Young (and
older) Friends and encourages MANY to attend! Contact Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Quaker Aboriginal Affairs Committee:
Jennifer Preston (staff), Linda Kreitzer, and Monica Walters Field (committee members) will all attend the
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York in late April. The theme is Climate Change.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is also working on a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. In April they will be comparing the UN Declaration and OAS draft to see where the gaps are. It
is agreed by all states except Canada and the US that the UN Declaration must be the minimum standard
in the OAS process.
The North American Indigenous Summer Games will be held in Duncan, BC this year. QAAC will
support the transportation of one Indigenous athlete up to $500. QAAC also will continue its support of
two longstanding projects: $500 each for the Beausoleil First Nations Pow Wow and Smoke Signals, a
syndicated grassroots Indigenous radio program.
The Assembly of First Nations and the BC First Nations Leadership Council hosted a Symposium on the
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Jennifer Preston was invited as a presenter to discuss
the partnership between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
She will co-edit a book of proceedings from the Symposium, which was attended by approximately 300
people. This was a great example of public outreach and education, which we hope will be duplicated in
other areas of the country.
QAAC is reviewing and planning updates to its Aboriginal Rights Education Kit, produced several years
ago, and its area of the CFSC website.
From Quaker Peace and Sustainable Communities Committee:
QPASCC approved two CFSC Individual Grants this weekend: to Sheila Havard to participate in an
Africa Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) work camp in Kenya and Mary Edgar to do Alternatives to Violence
Project and other training work in Uganda (with the National Reconciliation Aid Foundation). Both
Friends are members of Coldstream Meeting near London, Ontario.
Inspired by QAAC and QFJ, QPASCC is working on a kit of advocacy tools that will include brochures
and videos on ending the war in Afghanistan, civil liberties, nuclear weapons abolition, the non-violent
resistence to the occupation of Palestine, and the other perennial concerns of the committee. A workshop
about how to approach MPs on these issues will be available for upcoming regional gatherings.
QPASCC (and QAAC) discussed proposed Quaker participation in a “church leaders’ delegation” for
listening and learning to the Alberta tar sands through KAIROS, the ecumenical agency of which Friends
are members. Both committees supported participation; this issue will be coming to the business sessions
of Canadian Yearly Meeting in August.
Young Friends Internship – Application Deadline: March 15
CFSC’s Young Friends Internship is undergoing some revisions following an evaluation over the past
year. This year, we are going to try something different – a four-month internship, starting 1 May ending
31 August. To receive an application package, email Jane Orion Smith at email@example.com
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