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Dear Friends,

As many PubCom members shared in our last online meeting, the world feels extra heavy right now. It feels strange to sit down to write a newsletter right after the news of yet more graves found at yet another residential school (as someone on my Twitter feed said, "Never surprised. Always horrified."). I hope Quaker faith can offer healing, truth speaking, and deep transformational discernment as we work to make the lands we currently call Canada safe for all children. If you're looking for ideas of where to get started or go deeper, consult CFSC's resources and blog, and consider making a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Network.


Thank you for reading Canadian Yearly Meeting's monthly electronic newsletter—we're glad to have you! If you know others who might like to receive this, please feel free to forward this message so that other friends can subscribe at the link below. Your help in connecting Friends across the country is deeply appreciated!

If you'd like to contribute to the newsletter, email by the 15th of the month. We may not be able to fit all contributions in, but we'll try!

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June 26th: Reporting and Clearness for Publications and Communications Committee

CYM Publications and Communications Committee will be presenting their Reporting and Clearness session online on Saturday June 26th at 10:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Mountain, 12:30 p.m. Central, 1:30 p.m. Eastern, 2:30 p.m. Atlantic, and 3:00 p.m. Newfoundland. Friends should block off about three hours in their calendar. Holdover items from the June 12th meeting will also be discussed. Find the relevant documents in the business side of

Please attend, and please encourage other Friends to join you, particularly if you know someone is less likely to check their email.

How to Join:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 906 107 6645

Passcode: CYM1955

Mobile users should be able to tap on this inscrutable code to join by phone:

+14388097799,,9061076645#,,,,*4107169# or +15873281099,,9061076645#,,,,*4107169#

If that doesn’t work, dial 438-809-7799 or 587-328-1099 and, when prompted, enter 906 107 6645 for the Meeting ID and 4107169 as the password.

Landline users can join by calling whichever area code is closest to them. (Please note that long distance charges may apply, depending on your plan and whether your phone company considers the closest area code a local call.)

Calgary 587-328-1099
Manitoba 204-272-7920
Montreal 438-809-7799
Toronto 647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588
Vancouver 778-907-2071

After dialing, when prompted, enter 906 107 6645# for the Meeting ID and 4107169# as the password. To mute or unmute during the call, press 6*, and to ‘raise hand’ press *9.

Zoom Support

We encourage Friends who are joining Zoom for the first time to connect with a staff person by phone for assistance in downloading and accessing Zoom. To seek individual support from a staff member, please email or call 250-516-3625.

If you would like all this Zoom information as printable PDFs, it is available on the CYM website:

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NeeKauNis Can Reopen!

With Ontario on the cusp of opening to Stage 2, NeeKauNis will soon be allowed to have 25 people on site at a time. If you and your household or bubble would be interested in spending some time at Camp, please complete the pre-registration form to help Camp Committee plan!


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Read the Spring Western Half-Yearly Meeting Epistle

Western Half-Yearly Meeting gathered online from May 21-23rd, with a full schedule of special interest groups, worship, family night, and much more.

Read in full

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Employment Opportunity - Canadian Quaker Archives

CYM is encouraging qualified candidates to apply for the position of Archivist, a full time employment position on-site at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario.

This is an opportunity to support both the reopening and ongoing development of the CYM Archives. There is a possibility of an extension as a full or part time position, pending funding availability.

Applications must be sent to by 11:59pm Pacific Standard TIme on June 30, 2021.

For more information, follow the link below.

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FGC Communications Manager - application deadline July 9th

Friends General Conference is seeking to hire a Communications Manager! In their words: "The Communications Manager works closely with the General Secretary and other FGC staff to support ongoing communications work for the people we serve. This work is guided by FGC’s vision statement, minute of purpose, major goals and associated programs and overseen by the General Secretary. It will include substantial work with FGC’s primary website adding and updating content,, in Salesforce which is our primary database, and with a variety of communications tools for e-mail campaigns, social media work and basic graphic design. The Communications Manager, as a one-person communications department, has the need and opportunity to use a wide range of skills and knowledge." For the full job description, see below.

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Canadian Yearly Meeting 2021 is ONLINE from August 8-14

For #CYM2021 we will again gather with a spirit of #hope

Register now for the #CYM2021 children’s program for those 12 years and under that will run for 30 minutes each morning before the main program. Sessions will include interactive activities exploring music, storytime, earthcare, the experience of Spirit, and what it’s like to grow up among Friends!

Youth 13+ are warmly welcome to participate in Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting (CYFYM) programming (expected to run in parallel to other online sessions).

The #CYM2021 Gathering will take place over Zoom. As you plan your week, please consider that there may be Friends who you can support, or who can guide you through the Zoom experience. As pandemic restrictions ease in some parts of the country, you may be able to get together in ones and twos, or more, for a shared experience of the Gathering.

There is a pre-Gathering retreat on Saturday 7th August - with a focus on sharing poetry.

Monica Walters-Field will deliver the Sunderland P Gardner (SPG) Lecture on Sunday 8th August, and share reflections on the week on Saturday 14th August.

Janet Ross will lead the Quaker Studies on "Things that are Eternal" (Monday to Friday).

Please view more details and register to attend.

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CYM Contributions Corner

Did you know it's easy to donate monthly to CYM by direct withdrawal from your bank account? Or directly online through CanadaHelps? We hope Friends discern what option is right for them - you can see them all by following the link below.


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Canadian Council of Churches 

All members of the Canadian Council of Churches, of which CYM is a founding member, were invited to participate in a meeting last week with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Federal cabinet ministers on “Preparing for a New Normal: A Vision for a Just and Caring Canada – The Prime Minister of Canada in conversation with The Canadian Council of Churches," and to submit a question that could be asked during the meeting. The clerks of CYM -- Marilyn Manzer and Beverly Shepherd -- and the CYM representative to the Governing Board -- Rosemary Meier -- worked on a question for the PM, and it was chosen as one to be asked during the meeting. All three attended, and Marilyn posed the question.

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Friends' World Committee for Consultation Young Quaker Survey

Are you a young Friend aged 16-35? Or do you know someone who is?

If so, FWCC wants to hear from you!

They are working with a group of young Quakers on a new project for young Friends worldwide looking at Activism, Burnout and Quaker Faith in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.

You can read more about the project and share your thoughts using this short online form.

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2020 Canadian Yearly Meeting Audited Financial Statements

Always wondered where to learn more about CYM's finances? Look no further: the 2020 CYM Audited Financial Statements are out, so you can be extra prepared the next time you go to Meeting for Worship for Business.

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