Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Creation Care
We work to create a society transformed by Gospel values in the areas of social justice, peace and creation. Our areas of focus are currently Indigenous justice, the climate emergency, labour exploitation and human trafficking. We operate with an anti-oppressive, nonviolent, integral ecology framework.
Journey for Justice Currents
Sharing social justice perspectives on current events...
Journey for Justice
Our latest social justice newsletter shares stories about Creation care, lobbying and learning, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a visit to the UN, recent films, water rights, and how consumerism affects creation.
Orange Shirt Day
For September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we listen to the voice of Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, as she is interviewed on CBC Kids News.
News Outlets Covering Social Justice
SURJ Toronto (Showing Up for Racial Justice) shared their list of recommended news outlets in Canada that cover Indigenous rights, racial justice, social justice and climate justice.
(External Blog Entry)
Call for Investigating the Greenbelt
An Auditor General’s investigation has found: the Government of Ontario removed 7,400 acres of protected land from the Greenbelt for a group of developers who stand to make $8.3 billion in profit.
Please consider contacting your MPP and request that they support an OPP investigation into this matter.
No One Left Behind? An Intersectional Analysis
Is Canada achieving the Sustainable Development Goals regarding poverty, health, education, equality, work and housing in its 2030 Agenda? We offer an intersectional analysis with an on the ground perspective.
This report is a collaboration between the CSJ Ministry of Social Justice, The Mary Ward Centre and the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada.
(Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Article)
It is not just heat waves — climate change is also a crisis of disconnection
Kiffer George Card and Kalysha Closson write in The Conversation:
" ... climate change isn’t just about greenhouse gas emissions. At its core, it is both a symptom and a cause for the centuries-long trend in declining social connection and community cohesion."
The Doctrine of Discovery still rules today.
Brittany Koteles writes in Earthbeat:
"The Vatican's recent repudiation of the doctrine is a significant step in healing and reconciliation, but it will only be truly powerful if it changes our beliefs — and actions — about property."
The Truth about Rising Crime. And a Solution
Martin Andressen writes in The Tyee:
"Over the past 40 years, conservative governments have defunded social programs and social services. A result of these changes has been a decrease in social welfare and increases in social ills."
Other Reflections and Editorials
Do No Harm 2022 Webinar Videos
Frontline workers, survivors, and other experts share insight into the unintentional harms and impacts of some anti-human trafficking practices and policies in this webinar series organized by our Collaborative Network to End Exploitation.
Held on Thursdays from 2 - 3 p.m. on May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2 & 9. Visit csj-to.ca/donoharm for more information.
June 9, 2022: Transgender Identities and Human Trafficking
Speaker: Jayce Carver
June 2, 2022: State-Sanctioned Violence Under the Guise of Anti-Trafficking ‘Rescue’
Speakers: Alison Clancey
May 25, 2022: Sex Trafficking and Black Girls: An Intersectional Examination of Racial Disparities
Speaker: Rhonelle Bruder
May 19, 2022: Defeat of Migrant Workers
Speaker: Amanda Panambi Morales Vidales
May 12, 2022: Anti-Human Trafficking Work with People with Developmental Disabilities
Speakers: Maddi Doerrl and Shelley Gilbert
May 5, 2022: Choice and Human Trafficking; Working Beyond the Binary
Speaker: Dr. AnnaLise Trudell