Moving From Reaction to Crime Prevention

We all worry when we hear about over-representation of Indigenous people in jail, solitary confinement, and incidents of police brutality. We want these things to stop. This is why the Canadian Unitarian Council has recommended to The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, that our focus and our resources should be pointed at CRIME PREVENTION. We must address the root causes of violence. We know the programs that work, but we don’t fund them consistently. To reduce violence we have to build in effective evaluation, track what is working and what is not, and only finance what works. Those programs should receive stable, multi-year funding in First Nations communities, in our cities, and in our rural areas.

See our letter and brief to the Minister calling for action on Prevention.

Listen to Dr. Irvin Waller’s Call to Action at the Holtom Peace Lecture giving us the big picture. (this video is the presentation of an individual and does not necessarily express the opinion of the CUC)

What You Can Do

1. Help the Minister of Justice and Provinces achieve their mandates to prevent violence.

2. Meet with Politicians at all levels to share what works.

3. Foster a National Coalition of municipalities, Indigenous groups, churches, NGO’s, professional associations and others to promote a prevention agenda.

4. Volunteer for an organization with a proven track record to prevent crime.

UUs and Social Responsibility: It’s Who We Are

April-HopeBy April Hope
Social Responsibility Coordinator

I’ve learned a thing or two since I started working for the CUC, but it seems like the more I learn, the less I know. Excited and naïve, I was thrilled to be offered the position of Social Responsibility Coordinator. I thought to myself, “How hard could a position be that is only allotted 5 hours/week?” Well let me share with you, UU’s have what I like to refer to as a ‘dauntingly’ successful history of social action in Canada.

We have been at the door of political and social change throughout our country’s history. We are much more than individuals who believe in this cause or that: our very Principles tell us that we are the vehicle for social change. Our communities are filled with people doing amazing work in every imaginable area of social justice, and each group offers their expertise in unique and inspiring ways. Please look to our Social Responsibility pages for examples of our long-time commitment. Continue reading