CUSJ Priorities

On October 7th, 2013, the CUSJ Board selected these priorities:

First Nations

  • We recognize that we have not been in right relationship with our First Nations peoples (indigenous peoples of this continent) from the outset and that the assimilation policies, problems of disrespect, lack of consultation, and disregard for treaties have had serious, long-term consequences for Canada.  We find ourselves viewing most of Canada’s justice issues through the lens of First Nations:
  • Democratic deficits include the need for proper consultation processes with First Nations.
  • First Nations peoples are on the front lines on environmental protection and they need our support.  Often our only line of defence is to support First Nations-initiated court cases to stop unhealthy development.
  • Economic Justice issues are nowhere more obvious than on our First Nations reserves and in indigenous areas of our cities.  We need to redress these injustices and develop a more equal society with full respect for indigenous rights.  They need equal support for children in schools, and a criminal justice system that is responsive to their particular culture and circumstances.
  • Coalitions that we are joining and supporting must have First Nations involvement and often leadership.

Environment

  • Promote renewable energy sources
  • Climate Change
  • Put social justice aspect into environmental work
  • GMO seeds and organic vs industrial agriculture

Democracy

  • Imbalance of power between corporations and government and people
  • Unfair balance of coverage in mainstream media
  • Growing inequalities of money and power
  • Fair voting – proportional representation
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights, Criminal Justice; Security Certificates

Economic Justice

  • Focus on growth instead of well-being
  • Energy issues and the need for planning for a post-oil and coal economy
  • Economic justice issues – poverty, housing,

Political and Communication Issues

  • Work in coalitions with like-minded people. (Past President’s Interview by Scott Neigh, Talking Radical Radio, rabble.ca  November 2013)
  • Use shares to approach corporations (for example, Tar Sands)
  • Decide when to use non-violent civil disobedience
  • Egage congregations to address provincial issues and to work together nationally.

Criteria for Partnerships and Donations

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