Author: Executive Director

Current Executive Director: Scott Fenwick

On the morning of Tuesday, May 30, STAND Canada, along with Arsham Parsi of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, and New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan hosted a news conference on Parliament Hill regarding the refugee transportation loan program. Click here to view our news conference. Please take two minutes to share this video or… Read More


Learn and Lobby at STAND’s Advocacy Conference STAND Canada invites you to join us in Ottawa May 27 to 29 for our #LiftTheBurden Advocacy Conference at Carleton University, and hear from experts on how to approach Members of Parliament on the refugee transportation loan program. Register for #LiftTheBurden on the conference page. Network with STAND… Read More


Make Canada’s Response to Trump’s Refugee Ban Count Donald Trump’s anti-refugee executive order has created chaos, where Syrian and Iraqi refugees are now stranded in American airports. But you can do something now to help them. One concrete thing Canada can do this week is suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.… Read More


STAND Canada’s Executive Director, Scott Fenwick, issued the following statement in response to today’s defeat of a House of Commons motion condemning Islamic State’s crimes against humanity, use of sexual violence, and confirmation that their atrocities constitute genocide: Although this motion was defeated on the grounds that there is too little evidence proving that Islamic… Read More


Despite Canada’s action taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees in a few short months, overlooked is the fact that Canada’s assistance to refugees isn’t free to refugees. Rather, it comes in the form of an interest-bearing loan, worth up to $10,000. The truth is that refugees admitted to Canada are expected to pay the government back… Read More


My fellow advocates, Over the past few weeks, the refugee crisis caused by ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria has gripped the world. As tens of thousands of people continue to risk their lives to flee violence and economic devastation in these regions, Canada has an obligation to reassess and change dramatically our approach to… Read More


By Kristen Pue, Advocacy Director Today, on October 17, 2014 – the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – we should reflect on the link between genocide and poverty. While the goals of creating a world without genocide and eliminating poverty may seem distinct, they are in fact interconnected. This is because poverty is… Read More


With its enormous size and almost unparalleled bounty of natural resources, you might expect the Democratic Republic of Congo to be one of the most developed countries in Africa. However, history has been unkind to this rich and fertile country. Decades of brutal rule by Belgian colonialists have been followed by years of dictatorship and… Read More


We often think of genocide in simple terms as a self-contained, incredibly destructive, conflict between two ethnic groups. However, the causes and outcomes of such violence are often much more complex. In fact, the large-scale destruction, displacement and mutual resentment that results from genocide often creates unintended consequences that reverberate through time and across national… Read More


This Wednesday at about 5:30pm Eastern time, our Members of Parliament will vote on Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act. If you haven’t already, please sign our online petition telling Canada’s MPs to support the bill. If you can spare the time, please also email your local MP today to support the bill. In situations like… Read More