Author: Executive Director

Current Executive Director: Scott Fenwick

On Thursday STAND Canada joined a global appeal co-signed by 87 other organizations calling for immediate action to stop the human rights abuses and the human rights catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s Rohingya population. The appeal, led by Human Rights Watch, calls for the immediate end to human rights abuses, the ability of investigators to access to Rankine… Read More


What’s happening? Since August 25 over 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced from their homes in Myanmar, also known as Burma, into neighboring Bangladesh. Refugees and satellite imagery present the world with evidence that these refugees fled what the Myanmar military is calling “clearance”, but what is in reality systematic mass killings and burning of… Read More


UPDATE SEPTEMBER 14: Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s expressing “deep concern” to Aung San Suu Kyi, STAND Canada has updated this Action Alert to call on Trudeau to condemn Myanmar’s military on camera, such as at the United Nations General Assembly. What’s happening? Since August 25 over 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced from their homes… Read More


Dear STAND Canada supporters, Thank you again to everyone who has supported STAND’s efforts in bringing to light the injustices of Canada’s refugee transportation loan program. In May, NDP MP Jenny Kwan tabled our petition in the House of Commons; the federal government has recently issued a response. The response, approved by federal immigration minister… Read More


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