"If NGOs are not the solution, then what is? Where should our donations go? How do we fight to redress the huge inequalities and injustices that plague the world? In short, what is to be done?"
Such questions can seem daunting when we first begin to ask them. Fortunately, we are not alone nor are we starting from scratch. Across the country, there are dozens - if not hundreds - of independent, grassroots organizations that are actively engaged in fighting war, racism and imperialism and/or building solidarity with the Global South.
We have compiled a listing of Canadian solidarity groups in an effort to help people answer these questions. The solidarity groups listed below are independent insofar as they do not (to our knowledge) rely on government funding for carrying out their work. Collectively, they form an important counterpoint to the government-funded development NGOs.
This list is far from exhaustive, and we hope to update it regularly. If you know of a group we should add to our list, or discover a group on the list that is no longer active, email us at: email@example.com
National / Regional
BAYAN Canada • Canadian Network on Cuba • No One Is Illegal • Independent Jewish Voices • Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid • Rights Action • Mining Watch Canada • Council of Canadians • Canadian Peace Alliance • Canada Haiti Action Network • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network • Christian Peacemaker Teams • Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice • International League of People's Struggle – Canada • Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network • Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network • War Resisters Support Campaign • Canadian Boat to Gaza • Avanzada Bolivariana
Centre for Philippine Concerns • Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala • Project for Accompaniment and Solidarity with Colombia • Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine • Échec à la Guerre • McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America • Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa • Tadamon! • Solid’Ayiti • Social Justice Committee • Société Bolivarienne du Québec
No One is Illegal-Toronto • Toronto Bolivia Solidarity • Justicia for Migrant Workers • Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network • Toronto Forum on Cuba • Venezuela We Are With You Coalition • Toronto Coalition to Stop the War • Toronto Haiti Action Committee • Mining Injustice Solidarity Network • Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity • Science for Peace
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign • Mining Justice Alliance • Alliance for People's Health • Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights • No One is Illegal-Vancouver • BC CASA / Cafe Justicia • World Peace Forum Society
The aim of BAYAN Canada is to formally group together all progressive, anti-imperialist and democratic organizations of Filipinos living in Canada into a strong multisectoral alliance. The goal is to become an official overseas chapter of BAYAN in the Philippines – only the second of its kind.
BAYAN Canada is calling on all patriotic Filipino organizations in Canada to join in advancing the Filipino people’s movement for national liberation and democracy.
The Canadian Network on Cuba is committed to the strengthening of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of Canada and Cuba. To this end, we work with the Cuban Institute for Friendship Amongst the Peoples and (ICAP) and other international and national partners in order to promote social, cultural, political and economic relations between Canada and Cuba on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference. We:
- initiate, co-ordinate and co-operate in cultural, educational, political and aid campaigns and projects involving Canada and Cuba.
- counter media and other distortions of Cuban reality by disseminating information about the achievements of the Cuban revolution in areas such as education, public health, culture, democracy and human rights.
- work to improve Canadian foreign policy on Cuba.
No One Is Illegal is a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We believe that granting citizenship to a privileged few is a part of racist immigration and border policies designed to exploit and marginalize migrants. We work to oppose these policies, as well as the international economic policies that create the conditions of poverty and war that force migration. At the same time, it is part of our ongoing work to support and build alliances with Indigenous peoples in their fight against colonialism, displacement and the ongoing occupation of their land.
We are a group of Jews in Canada from diverse backgrounds, occupations and affiliations who have in common a strong commitment to social justice and universal human rights. We come together in the belief that the broad spectrum of opinion among the Jewish population of this country is not reflected by those institutions which claim authority to represent the Jewish community as a whole.
We have therefore resolved to promote the expression of alternative Jewish voices, particularly in respect of the grave situation in the Middle East, which threatens the future of both Israelis and Palestinians as well as the stability of the whole region. We declare our support for a properly negotiated peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people and oppose any attempt by the Israeli government to impose its own solutions on the Palestinians.
P.O. Box 23088,
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2
The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid was formed in January 2006 as part of a growing, global movement against Israeli apartheid.
We believe Israel is an apartheid state that resembles South African Apartheid. Palestinian citizens of Israel are denied from controlling and developing over 90% of land because they are Palestinian. Palestinians expelled in 1948 and 1967 are denied the right to return to their homes and lands, despite the fact that anyone of Jewish background – from anywhere in the world – has the automatic right to become an Israeli citizen. In the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians live under separate and discriminatory military law.
The Canadian government provides extensive political and economic support to the Israeli apartheid regime. Canadian corporations profit through investments and joint operations with Israeli companies. We work to end all Canadian complicity in this apartheid state. We are a network of concerned individuals and organizations working to end this apartheid system.
PO Box 494
M5S 2T1, Canada
Rights Action – with tax-charitable status in the USA and Canada – funds community-controlled development, environmental, human rights and emergency-relief projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas and Oaxaca (Mexico) and El Salvador, and does education and activism work with North Americans to address global exploitation, repression, enviro-destruction and racism.
552 - 351 Queen St. E
Toronto ON M5A-1T8
MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.
MiningWatch Canada is a direct response to industry and government failures to protect the public and the environment from destructive mining practices and to deliver on their sustainability rhetoric. With technical and strategic expertise from across Canada, MiningWatch Canada carries out and/or supports the monitoring, analysis and advocacy necessary to affect the behaviour of industry and public decision-makers.
250 City Centre Ave., Suite 508
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6K7
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.
We develop creative campaigns to put some of the country’s most important issues into the spotlight. We work with a network of over 70 volunteer chapters to organize speaking tours, days of action, conferences and demonstrations. We also produce research reports, create popular materials, and work with individuals and organizations across the country and around the world. We do all of this to ensure that governments know the kind of Canada we want.
700-170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5V5 Canada
(613) 233-2773 or 1-800-387-7177
The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) is Canada's largest umbrella peace organization. Since its foundation in 1985 the organization has been helping member groups to act as a broad network, in order to provide a strong, coordinated voice for peace issues at the national level. Our goals include redirecting funds from military spending to human needs; working toward global nuclear disarmament; making Canada a consistent leader for world peace; strengthening world institutions for the peaceful resolution of conflict; and protecting the rights of all people to work for peace, social & economic justice.
Canadian Peace Alliance
427 Bloor Street West, Box 13
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1X7
The Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN) is an information and action network with member committees in cities across Canada. The network was formed in 2004 out of concern over the violent overthrow of elected government in Haiti on February 29, 2004 and the forced exile of the elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide.
The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 now raises far deeper concerns about the direction of the country. In whose interests will Haiti be rebuilt--those of its poor majority, or those of international financiers, sweatshop factory owners, and food growers and exporters in the United States and Europe? " Solidarity and national sovereignty, not charity", is the watchword of the Canada Haiti Action Network in this new period of Haiti's history.
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is a network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom. Samidoun developed out of the September-October 2011 hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, seeing a need for a dedicated network to support Palestinian prisoners. We work to raise awareness and provide resources about Palestinian political prisoners, their conditions, their demands, and their work for freedom for themselves, their fellow prisoners, and their homeland. We also work to organize campaigns to make political change and advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights and freedoms.
Samidoun seeks to achieve justice for Palestinian prisoners through events, activities, resources, delegations, research and information-sharing, as well as building bridges with the prisoners’ movement in Palestine. We seek to amplify the voices of Palestinian prisoners, former prisoners, prisoners’ families, and Palestinian advocates for justice and human rights by translating, sharing and distributing news, interviews and materials from Palestine.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an organization gathered in the reconciling love of God, identified with Jesus of Nazareth and led by the Spirit. Renouncing violence and dominative power, CPT seeks the Gospel liberation of all people through the power of forgiveness and nonviolence. This Gospel identity is embodied in our struggle to build an organizational culture of justice, inclusion, mutual respect and welcome. We are committed to building organizational structures that reflect the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation.
On project sites, CPT works with local partners from a variety of faith traditions. CPT encourages the formation and development of other faith-based, nonviolent peace teams and desires to work cooperatively with them.
Unitarians have a proud history of being in the forefront of the struggle for social change and justice. CUSJ follows in the footsteps of our forebears by keeping their spirit very much alive. CUSJ publishes the Justnews three times a year and discussion papers whenever possible. 1800 copies of each issue are now being widely distributed within the Canadian Unitarian community and beyond. CUSJ is an associate member of the Canadian Unitarian Council. Any person, (and this includes organizations), can become a member of CUSJ.
The International League of People's Struggle – Canada Chapter is a democratic, anti-imperialist coalition of organizations for peoples’ struggle. It supports the struggles of workers, youth, children, women, indigenous peoples, small farmers, professionals and other exploited and oppressed sectors of society against the economic, political, military, social and cultural domination and attacks of imperialism and reaction.
The Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network (ARSN) was formed in 1981 with the objective of improving coordination of Atlantic Canadian work in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The objective of ARSN is to maintain a dialogue between groups in Atlantic Canada who work in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean according to:
- The wishes and needs of Latin American and Caribbean people in the struggle for self-determination, peace and justice.
- The most effective ways of working for changes in Canada which will be beneficial to that struggle.
Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who began to organize in 1988 to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social, and economic justice. We recognize that injustice is connected to structural inequalities both within and between countries, and BTS is committed to supporting structural transformation both in Guatemala and in Canada.
Our work is guided by the understanding that we all deserve to be treated as equals, and that we need to build long-term relationships based on solidarity and mutuality. We respond to the needs and issues defined by our partners and by other Guatemalans with whom we work, and we support them in taking charge of their own lives. Our relationships are built on friendship, sharing, and dialogue as we work, learn, and grow together.
As a community of people who share this commitment to solidarity, we undertake advocacy and lobbying; organize delegations; send interns, volunteers, and human rights accompaniers; promote fairly-traded coffee; and raise awareness within our own communities through speaking tours by Guatemalan leaders and other political campaigns.
The War Resisters Support Campaign was founded in 2004 to assist U.S. military personnel who refused to participate in the Iraq war and came to Canada seeking asylum.
During the period of 1965-1973, more than 50,000 Americans made their way to Canada, refusing to participate in an immoral war. At the time, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said: “Those who make a conscientious judgment that they must not participate in this war… have my complete sympathy, and indeed our political approach has been to give them access to Canada. Canada should be a refuge from militarism.”
Thirty years later, Canada is faced with the same moral choice – to give refuge to those who refuse to be complicit in the US-led war on Iraq, which many legal opinions have deemed illegal under international law.
Box 13, 427 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
The Canadian Boat to Gaza, a project of Canadian civil society activists, aims to publicize, challenge, and one day help bring an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign, working with the Palestinians in Gaza and other international partners, has attempted in July 2011 and in November 2011, and will continue to attempt to accomplish the following goals:
a) Participate in sending boats to the Port of Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade;
b) Deliver much-needed humanitarian aid; raise international awareness, and
c) Carry Palestinians exports and passengers out of Gaza.
We are already succeeding in breaking the wall of silence and complicity of our governments around this inhumane blockade. Together we will break the physical, literal blockade too. Join our cause and together we’ll break the blockade once and for all.
Canadian Boat to Gaza
C.P. 92087, Portobello
Avanzada Bolivariana is a network of national and local Canadian-based grassroots and solidarity groups, that have been supporting the Bolivarian Revolution, many of which have a long history of working with grassroots organizations throughout Nuestramerica (our America) and the Caribbean. ‘Avanzada Bolivariana’ aims to increase concrete solidarity and communication among Canadian organizations, groups and individuals who support the Bolivarian Revolution and self-determination.
Avanzada Bolivariana is also a constituitive member of the Front for Peoples Defence Hugo Chavez which is a network with committees across Canada supporting the Bolivariana Revolution.
Founded in 1982, the Centre d'appui aux Philippines / Centre for Philippine Concerns is made up of Filipinos and non-Filipinos in Montreal, Quebec supporting the Filipino people's movement for National Democracy, which is part of the global struggle against imperialism.
4755 Van Horne, Bureau 110,
Canada H3W 1H8
(514) 342-2111 (pls leave message)
Le Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala (PAQG) est un organisme de solidarité basé sur l’engagement bénévole de militants des droits de la personne. Sa mission consiste à mener des actions de soutien à l'attention des défenseurs guatémaltèques des droits civils, politiques, sociaux, culturels et économiques, victimes d’exactions.
Par la poste:
660 Villeray, # 2.115,
Montréal (QC) H2R 1J1
The Project for Accompaniment and Solidarity with Colombia (PASC) is a collective based in Canada that was formed following the large mobilizations against the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Since 2003, PASC has been facilitating international accompaniments for Columbian communities and organizations, spreading information on Columbian social movements, and confronting Canadian interests in the social and armed conflict in Colombia. For PASC, international accompaniment is a method of transferring the privileges of being Canadian to movements and communities in resistance.
The PASC collective is comprised of anti-imperialist activists who meet regularly to define the priorities of the organization and assume a majority of the solidarity work. We follow a horizontal organizing model where decisions are made by consensus. The collective facilitates and coordinates a larger network of allies and sympathizers who sustain the different projects of PASC (such as translations, public events and distribution).
Par la poste:
50, rue Francine
Le Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL) a été fondé en 1976, à la suite des coups d’État en Argentine et au Chili, connus pour leur forte répression et les violations de droits humains, par quatre pasteurs et prêtres d’églises chrétiennes de Montréal qui, à l’intérieur de leur confession respective, occupaient une fonction en relation avec les problèmes internationaux.
Le CDHAL doit sa naissance à deux préoccupations : d’une part, un souci des chrétiennes et chrétiens de sensibiliser et d’informer l’Église et la population du Québec par rapport aux situations de répression politique et de violation des droits humains en Amérique latine; d’autre part, un désir d’établir une solidarité réelle et vécue entre les Églises de là-bas et celles d’ici. Au début, les membres du CDHAL appartenaient à une affiliation religieuse. Cependant, depuis plus de 20 ans, la composition du CDHAL, de même que son travail, est totalement libre de toute affiliation religieuse.
6910, rue St-Denis, C.P.65043
Téléphone (mardis et jeudis 13h-16h):
(514) 257-8710 # 334
De façon générale, le Collectif Échec à la guerre s’oppose à toute guerre d’agression, à toute volonté de domination ou de contrôle entre pays, nations ou autres communautés humaines. Il préconise un monde de paix, reposant sur des rapports internationaux de justice, d’équité et de solidarité.
Le Collectif Échec à la guerre est d'abord et avant tout un regroupement d'organismes. Toutefois, les individus qui sont impliqués activement dans un comité de travail du Collectif peuvent aussi participer aux réunions régulières.
(514) 919-PAIX (919-7249)
65 ouest de Castelnau, Bureau 302,
Montréal, H2R 2W3
MICLA, a McGill-based research collective, is dedicated to investigating the multiple facets of the extension of Canadian-based mining corporations into Latin America. MICLA's work aims to help academics, policy-makers, mining companies, and communities navigate through the often contentious issues that surround Canadian mining in Las Americas.
Website (Old): http://www.miclamcgill.blogspot.com/
Coordinator: Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, Associate Professor of History, McGill University
GRILA was founded in 1984. It is an autonomous, non-profit, entirely volunteer-based organization of researchers and activists. It functions on the basis of the material and intellectual contribution of its sections, made up of members and supporters. Within its vision of a universalist world, GRILA’s goal is to contribute to the emergence and consolidation of self-directed and self-reliant development in Africa, and to foster international solidarity in support of this form of development. Concretely, this work involves popular education and political action in Africa and internationally.
Montréal - (514) 499-3418
Toronto - (905) 696-7287
Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.
We consider struggles for self-determination and justice in Lebanon and Palestine to be inseparable from each other and from other struggles in the ‘Middle East’, a region defined both by shared histories and contemporary imperialism.
We recognize that the colonization of Palestine has, from its inception, been connected to Western European aspirations to dominate the entire ‘Middle East,’ We oppose the apartheid policies of Israel, which have been and continue to be supported by Canada. We endorse the July 2005 call by Palestinian civil society organizations for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
Solid’Ayiti is an initiative of artists and activists in Montreal working to build longterm solidarity between people in Montreal and movements for social justice in Haiti. Solid’Ayiti will work to promote self-sufficiency, independence, social justice and peace in Haiti.
The Social Justice Committee of Montreal is an independent Canadian organization working in international solidarity. Conscious that many of the world's impoverished peoples are victims of social injustice, and inspired by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its mission is to engage Canadians in working for a more socially just world.
1857 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 320
Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
info [at] sjc-cjs.org
La Société Bolivarienne du Québec est une organisation militante, a but non lucratif, qui a pour but de défendre la Révolution Bolivarienne en Amérique et les principes de l’Alliance bolivarienne pour les peuples de Notre Amérique via la diffusion de ses principes et apports dans le monde. Inspirés de la figure emblématique de Simon Bolivar, libérateur de l’Amérique du Sud, nous croyons fermement en l’union des peuples au sein de notre Amérique. Un de nos objectifs est de renforcer les liens entre les luttes latino-américaines et celles qui se forgent au Québec.
No One is Illegal (Toronto) is a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We believe that granting citizenship to a privileged few is part of a racist immigration and border policy designed to exploit and marginalize migrants. We work to oppose these policies, as well as the international economic policies that create the conditions of poverty and war that force migration. At the same time, we also work to support and building alliances with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in their fight against displacement and the ongoing theft of their land.
* National Regularization Program for non-status people
* An end to detentions and deportations
* An immediate end to security certificates and secret trials
* An end to racial or religious profiling
* Recognition of the right to free movement
* Recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.
Toronto Bolivia Solidarity
Toronto Bolivia Solidarity (TBS) was founded in January 2008 on the initiative of a group of Bolivian-Canadians organized in the Bolivia Action Solidarity Network. TBS aim to spread knowledge in Canada of the democratic transformation underway in Bolivia, and to build links and solidarity with its popular grassroots movements and Indigenous populations.
Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) strives to promote the rights of migrant farmworkers (participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Low Skilled Workers Program) and farmworkers without status. Promoting workers rights entails fighting for spaces where workers themselves can articulate their concerns without loosing their work or being repratriated. We start with workers' knowledge and concerns and and collectively devise strategies to make necessary changes. We see ourselves as allies and strive for a movement that is led and directed by workers themselves.
Our work is and has to be transnational in scope. It considers the context of sending countries, Canada's complicity in benefitting and creating poverty in the Global South, and most importantly we consider families left behind, primarily children and women who are very much a part of migration but who are always forgotten in the equation of migrant farm labour.
The J4MW collective is motivated by experiences shared and lessons learned from migrant farm workers over the course of more than nine years of community outreach in rural Ontario. As allies, activists and friends we believe migrant workers deserve work with dignity and respect!
The Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), based in Toronto, is a democratic, non-profit and independent organization, which brings together organizations that carry out work in solidarity with the progressive and democratic transformation processes taking place in Latin America and the Caribbean. LACSN was created in August of 2008 with the objective of strengthening the coordination between its member organizations and its diverse activities of solidarity.
In its initial stages its focus was solidarity with Honduras, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. As part of its central activities LACSN has held educational workshops and conferences; actions in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean who struggle for their rights; denounced any injustice on the part of the Canadian government, corporations or other organizations that violate the autonomy and sovereignty of the people of the region.
United against imperialism: Our mission is to educate ourselves in order to educate others so that we can take a just stand on issues related to Cuba.
The Venezuela We Are With You Coalition (CVEC) unites organizations and individuals in the Toronto area who oppose intervention by the United States, Canada, or other foreign powers into the affairs of the Venezuelan people.
The Coalition supports Venezuela’s right to self-determination and the democratic and social achievements of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The Coalition works to press the Canadian government to adopt a constructive attitude toward the revolutionary process in Venezuela, opposes threats and slanders against Venezuela, and works to enable the Canadian people to learn the truth about Venezuela’s struggles and achievements.
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (TCSW) is the largest peace organization in the Greater Toronto Area, representing over 60 labour, student, faith and community groups. As a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance, we work with other peace organizations across the country to build a strong, coordinated voice for peace and justice.
Our mandate is simple. We oppose war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. We oppose Islamophobia, anti-Arab bigotry and all forms of racism. And we support civil liberties and defend freedom of expression and assembly.
We want a world based on peace and justice, not war and occupation.
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
427 Bloor Street West, Box 13
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
The Toronto Haiti Action Committee is an organization of Toronto-area activists who feel that Canada’s policy toward Haiti should emphasize: democracy, respect for Haiti’s sovereignty and self-determination, solidarity, international accountability and transparency, rather than: big business, access to cheap Haitian labour to support American and Canadian industry, exploitation of Haiti’s natural resources, rule of the poor majority by the wealthy elites.
The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) is a grassroots, volunteer-run group that works to bring the voices and experiences of communities impacted by extractive industries to Toronto, Canada, a country where over 75% of global mining businesses are based. As Canada is a leader within the international mining industry, we recognize the necessity for a movement within Canada to demand accountability in this sector.
As such, MISN organizes to highlight and confront negligent mining practices. We do this by (1) educating the Canadian public on mining injustices in Canada and around the world; (2) advocating for stronger community control and supporting self-determination in mining affected areas; (3) denouncing corporate impunity and seeking substantive regulatory change. Our work is in solidarity with affected communities in an effort to be responsive to their calls for support.
The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity is committed to the emancipation of African peoples cross the globe from the various forms of exploitation. The organization will advocate, organize, educate, mobilize and agitate in the public realm as a Pan-Afrikan voice for freedom, justice, self-determination and liberation of Afrikan peoples.
Science for Peace is a Canadian organization consisting of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, scholars in the humanities and people from the wider community. We seek to understand and act against the forces that make for militarism, environmental destruction, and social injustice here and abroad. Membership in Science for Peace offers one avenue to influence wider society about these crucial problems.
We now face a very precarious world. Nuclear weapons remain a huge menace and greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warn of the extinction of 90% of current species by the end of this century. Wars in the Middle East and Africa since 1990 have claimed at least 10 million lives. It will take wide and determined application of all of our knowledge — from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and traditional ecological knowledge — to surmount these threats.
The Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC) is a Vancouver-based group that formed in 2007 as part of a global movement against Israeli apartheid. Our work is based on a call from over 170 grassroots Palestinian organizations in 2005 for a global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel.
The BDS campaign demands that Israel recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by: 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
Haiti Solidarity BC is affiliated to the Canada Haiti Action Network, which engages in education and action for the following goals: Universal respect of Haiti’s sovereignty; For massive earthquake relief and aid, delivered in a manner that assists and strengthens the sovereign and popular institutions of the Haitian people; The safe return of political exiles and the freeing of all political prisoners; A full Parliamentary inquiry in Canada concerning its role in the overthrow of elected government in Haiti in 2004, and reparations to the Haitian people from all the countries that took part in that illegal act; Cancellation of all outstanding debt obligations by Haiti to international financial institutions.
The Mining Justice Alliance is a coalition of Vancouver activists, civil society organizations, unions, and students who initially formed to mobilize around Gorldcorp’s 2011 Annual General Meeting (taking place at 10am on May 18th, 2011, at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place). The focus was expanded to encompass other mining companies based out of Vancouver, including First Majestic Silver, which is holding its Annual General Meeting the day after Goldcorp’s.
The Mining Justice Alliance formed in response to concerns over the practices of Vancouver mining companies in Canada, the Americas, and around the globe. From a disregard for indigenous lands and self-determination to the health concerns arising from mining processes, and from violent attacks against community members that speak out to environmental destruction, mining companies represent a global threat to human communities and ecological systems.
The Alliance for People’s Health is an organization of health workers, grassroots organizers and people committed to the struggle for health for all. We envision healthy communities where everyone has access to health care, housing, education, transportation, childcare, food, and meaningful employment. These basic requirements for health cannot be achieved for all under a system that oppresses and exploits working class people, women, people of color and Aboriginal people. The foundations of a healthy world are the just distribution of wealth, national self-determination, and the liberation of oppressed peoples from unjust trade, militarization, occupation and war.
In the first weeks of June 2008 in Vancouver, a working collective of seven people organized the Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (also known as (CPS-HR). The origins of this solidarity formation came from the people who organized the Vancouver Committee to Support the Philippine Parliamentarians Tour, an ad hoc committee set up in April 2008 to host the visiting progressive Filipino lawmakers Satur Ocampo, Luz Ilagan and Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran and to organize community forums for their first stop in Canada.
No One is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group with leadership from members of migrant and/or racialized backgrounds. We strive and struggle for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to return. As a movement for self-determination that challenges the ideology of immigration controls, we combat racial profiling, detention and deportation, the national security apparatus, law enforcement brutality, and exploitative working conditions of migrants.
We also place ourselves within the broader movement for social, economic, political, and environmental justice and oppose capitalism, colonialism, homophobia, imperialism, militarization, patriarchy, poverty, racism and other forms of domination. We envision a humanity where everyone has the right to sustenance and the ability to provide it, where we are free of oppression, and are able to live meaningfully in relationship to one another and in reverence for Mother Earth that sustains us.
778 552 2099
BC CASA was created in 1989 by BC university and college students after Guatemalan student leaders issued an appeal for support. Before the Canadian students could put together a delegation, however, the entire Guatemalan student leadership was kidnapped and disappeared.
Today, BC CASA works with the following Guatemalan organizations: The CCDA – Campesino Committee of the Highlands - H.I.J.O.S; Children for Justice and Against Oblivion and Silence (Children of the disappeared); Artesana/Sandra Moran.
The CCDA is a social movement that attempts to defend the land and culture of the Guatemalan Maya. It is BC CASA’s closest partner. H.I.J.O.S. is a movement of youth whose relatives were disappeared both during and after the civil war. H.I.J.O.S. seeks to find their relatives, bring to justice those who took them, and to defend marginalised youth from police and paramilitary violence. Artesana is a café and organising centre in Guatemala city coordinated by Guatemalan feminist activist Sandra Moran.
BC CASA also recognizes the importance of the social struggle in Canada and through its coffee program attempts to provide support to groups excluded from traditional funding structures.
BC CASA/Cafe Justicia-BC
3205 Findlay St.
The World Peace Forum Society was established to organize the World Peace Forum in Vancouver in June of 2006. As a result of the success of the forum the members of the society voted in the winter of 2007 to continue working to create spaces and events where activists, academics and artists committed to promoting peace, social justice and sustainability could get together to discuss and plan.
Anyone who wants to be a member of the World Peace Forum Society and who agrees with its basic ideas, expressed in The Vancouver Declaration - available on our web site - is welcome to come, join the society and participate in creating the next Teach In and other society activities. We want to build as representative and diverse an organization as the movement against war, social injustice, economic inequality and environmental degradation.
3469 Commercial Street
We work to put an end to the government of Canada's devastating foreign policy toward Haiti since the year 2000, and to build solidarity with popular organizations in Haiti working to promote democracy and improve social conditions.
Our group formed in the aftermath of the July 2005 massacre in Cité Soleil. This was one of the worst episodes of repression following the Canadian-backed coup d'état of the popularly elected Lavalas government in February 2004.
Peace Alliance Winnipeg is committed to developing a broad movement for peace in our city. It organizes actions and educational events to promote an understanding of the events which are shaping our world.
Through our web site we present news, information and discussion about Canada’s role in the world as it relates to issues of war and peace as well as developments that occur in other countries.
Email: peace [at] peacealliancewinnipeg [dot] ca
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
P.O. Box 1
Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Canadians have maintained a strong sense of friendship and solidarity with the people of Cuba. Although Canadian government policy has cooled and warmed over the decades, we have refused to follow the cruel and unjust U.S. policy toward this Caribbean nation. The Manitoba-Cuba Solidarity Committee is a member of the Canadian Network on Cuba.
Manitoba-Cuba Solidarity Committee
P.O. Box 2231
The Palestine Solidarity Network is a non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora. We maintain groups at both the community level, the Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton, and on the University of Alberta campus, the Palestine Solidarity Network – U of A.
psnedmonton [at] gmail [dot] com
The Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee stands in defence of Cuba and its peoples’ right to self-determination and national sovereignty. The CESC actively campaigns to end the US blockade on Cuba and to free the Cuban Five held unjustly in US prisons.
Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Canadians have maintained a strong sense of friendship and solidarity with the people of Cuba. Although Canadian government policy has cooled and warmed over the decades, we have refused to follow the cruel and unjust U.S. policy toward this Caribbean nation.
Through the Cuba Edmonton Solidarity Committee blog you can connect with other engaged citizens who are working to strengthen our ties of friendship with Cuba.
In February and March 2003, Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism (ECAWAR) co-ordinated the largest protests in Edmonton’s history around the impending invasion of Iraq, joining cities around the world in history’s largest anti-war protests. (While failing to stop a U.S. administration bent on invasion of Iraq, the global demonstrations exposed the illegitimacy of invasion and prevented governments from falling in line with the U.S.) We remain opposed to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, which exists merely to give the U.S. access to Iraq’s oil, create obscene profits for private corporations at the expense of the U.S. and Iraq publics, and project U.S. millitary power over the Middle East.
In the meantime we have co-ordinated anti-racism demonstrations, such as the Hands Across Edmonton event, and intervened in gross miscarriages of civil liberties undertaken in the so-called “war on terror”. Our members also financially support this website.
Women in Black (Edmonton) opposes violence in all its forms whether it be in the home, in our communities and cities or full scale military action. Women in Black Edmonton came together in the Fall of 2001 when the United States became involved in the conflict in Afghanistan. Silent vigils are held in front of the Strathcona Farmers' Market and the group has had a presence at many of the peace walks and rallies that have been held in Edmonton. Standing in silence, we bear witness to the violence around the world; wearing black we remember those who have died, are dying and will die at the hands of violence.
The Fredericton Peace Coalition was born out of an urgency to address the current reality of a world hurting from war, violence, inequity, and injustice. During the attacks on Lebanon and Palestine in the summer of 2006, various groups and individuals came together in two public demonstrations at Fredericton City Hall to condemn the attacks and demand that the Canadian government work towards a ceasefire and an end to its complicity in the crisis. The Fredericton Peace Coalition was hence founded on September 11, 2006 with a goal to coordinate and communicate amongst our local peace and social justice groups as well as to organize our own events and projects as a coalition.
We want to pull the roots of militarism and violence, and create the conditions that are needed to propagate peace. We recognize that unrestrained corporate power is waging war on democratic participation, public accountability and transparency. We want to create a space where discussion, debate and engagement are welcomed. We want to help stop Canadian government-supported misadventures abroad. We are committed to achieving peace through peaceful means.
info [at] frederictonpeace.org
The Saskatoon Peace Coalition (SPC) is an organization of diverse individuals and groups committed to education and action for peace. Founded in 2001, the Saskatoon Peace Coalition works to educate and act for peace in our families, communities, and world. Although we are open to new ideas and directions, our main areas of focus have historically been:
Peace education – supporting schools’ efforts to stop bullying, encouraging use and further development of peace curricula, providing opportunities for peace education for the general Saskatoon Community
Violence against women – raising awareness and supporting local initiatives to stop gender violence
Nuclear weapons – remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and endorsing the elimination of all nuclear weapons
War/Militarization – calling for peaceful solutions and renewed development efforts in war-torn regions
Palestine/Israel – supporting non-violent development, especially Zatoun and Project Hope
NOWAR/PAIX was formed by a group of concerned Ottawa-area residents in response to:
- The horrific events of September 11, 2001.
- The resulting declarations of war by the U.S. government and its military allies.
- The attack on civil liberties and the right to dissent.
- The ugly racist and xenophobic attacks on innocent people of colour across North America.
- To oppose terrorism in all its forms including state terrorism, the U.S. call to war, and Canada's participation therein.
- To oppose racism, including anti-semitism, and the racist backlash against people of colour, including attacks on immigrant and refugee rights.
- To oppose the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security.
Our network, which is made up of a diversity of members from within the community, seeks to build a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals within the Ottawa region to advance the above goals by organizing events and increasing public awareness.
nowar.paix at gmail.com
The Nova Scotia - Cuba Association (NSCUBA) was established in 1989 by a group of students, professors, and activists following the highly successful conference on Cuba sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Development (CELACAD), Saint Mary's University and Dalhousie University.
Our mandate is to promote education & advocacy on issues concerning Cuba, to facilitate cultural exchanges and to assist development projects. These objectives will be achieved through activities such as the publication of a newsletter, sponsorship of educational seminars & cultural events, co-sponsorship of events with other groups & organizations and facilitating public speaking opportunities for Cuban visitors.
NSCUBA members hold diverse perspectives on Cuba, yet stand united against the U.S. embargo / blockade. We believe Cuba has the right to sovereignty and self determination. New members are welcome.