The Canadian BDS Coalition currently has member groups from across the country, as well as a number of national organizations. These are groups that support the BDS call and have endorsed the Coalition’s Basis of Unity. You can browse the groups, or select your province below to find a group near you.
THE CANADIAN BDS COALITION IS THE MEMBER REP FOR PALESTINIAN SOLITARY GROUPS IN THE CANADA PALESTINE NETWORK
The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation was incorporated as a registered non-profit society in 1996 in British Columbia. The director is Theresa Wolfwood of Victoria. The aims of BBCF are:
- To create, to develop, and to encourage programs that promote social justice, peace, sustainability, diversity and community, through research, writing, film and art; and
- To organize public events that will contribute, globally and locally, to knowledge and awareness.
Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver has been carrying on solidarity work for the Palestinian people since 1980. CPA supports the Palestinian people’s struggle to realize their human and national rights including the right to self-determination and the right to return. It opposes Zionism because of its exclusionist, aggressive and racist nature and also opposes anti-Jewish and anti-Arab racism (for more details see our Basis of Unity). CPA also endorses the general boycott against Israel and against all those who enable Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and Apartheid.
canpalnet was founded in Vancouver in 2000 and gathers Canadians of all backgrounds who support the human, democratic, and national rights of the Palestinian people.
canpalnet aims to change the policies and actions of the Canadian government so that these come to support the rights of the Palestinian people.
canpalnet guides itself by United Nations resolutions affirming Palestinians’ right of return and calling for an end to the Israeli occupation. CANPALNET similarly guides itself by accumulated international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, which upholds the equal worth and dignity of persons regardless of their ethnic or religious identity, and which affirms democratic rights and opposes apartheid structures.
canpalnet works for the national co-ordination of solidarity work.
CAIA Victoria formed 2006 as a response to the growing threat to peace in the Middle East created by the Israeli government. We are a network of concerned individuals and organizations working to end this apartheid system. We believe that justice will not be achieved without equal rights for everyone in the region, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality.
We understand Israeli apartheid as one element of a system of global apartheid. To this end, we stand in solidarity with all oppressed groups around the world, in particular, the indigenous people of North America.
We oppose all forms of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (MIJPME) is located in the mid-island region of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. People from Courtenay to Duncan join with us and attend our events. MIJPME hosts a monthly discussion group in the Comox Valley to explore, learn and expand our understanding of the complexities regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. MIJPME also organizes, supports, and sponsors events related to Israel/Palestine.
Justice for Palestinians Calgary is a community group formed in the fall of 2009 to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005.
Among other things:
- we work to end all Canadian complicity in Israeli apartheid;
- we oppose all forms of racism including Islamophobia and antisemitism,
- we stand in solidarity with all oppressed groups around the world, in particular the indigenous peoples of North America.
- we hold educational activities such as films and speakers and have carried out several BDS actions
The Palestine Solidarity Network is a non-profit, grassroots collective aimed at advocating and upholding the human rights of Palestinians in the face of ongoing oppression, occupation, racism and discrimination, both in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora.
PSN maintains groups at both the community level, the Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton, and on the University of Alberta campus, the Palestine Solidarity Network – UAlberta.
Regina Peace Council
The Regina Peace Council was formed in 1949. It focuses on issues of peace, disarmament, development, and international solidarity. It is a member of the Canadian Peace Congress which in turn is affiliated with the World Peace Council. We publish Saskatchewan Peace News four times a year, which is available free in hard or email copy to anyone interested in checking it out by emailing Ed Lehman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regina Peace Council believes that justice for the Palestinian people is a key requirement for having peace in the Middle East and in the world.
Peace Alliance Winnipeg is committed to developing a broad movement for peace in our city. It organizes actions and educational events to promote an understanding of the events which are shaping our world. Through our web site we present news, information and discussion about Canada’s role in the world as it relates to issues of war and peace as well as developments that occur in other countries.
CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world. We are committed to work and relationships that:
- honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality,
- strengthen grassroots initiatives,
- transform structures of domination and oppression, and
- embody creative nonviolence and liberating love.
CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, we help create a space for justice and peace. We maintain a project in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic).
Al Quds or Jerusalem Day is an annual, international Muslim-sponsored event that happens in the holy month of Ramadan the Friday just before Eid and is designated to both educate and encourage people of conscience to work for just peace for the people of Palestine. Al Quds days in Toronto are bring together people of various faiths and non-faiths, that include Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists. Al-Quds is an expression of support for the Palestinian right to self-determination, and against the annexation of Jerusalem, with East Jerusalem encompassing the third-holiest site in Islam, the Al Asqa Mosque.
Toronto BDS Action supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel’s system of settler-colonialism, occupation, and apartheid towards the Palestinian people.
Toronto BDS Action shares a commitment to pursuing peace in Palestine/Israel through the realization of freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians, without which a lasting peace is impossible to achieve. Individuals and organizations may join Toronto BDS.f
We stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for sovereignty, justice, and freedom from occupation.
A group in London, Ontario working for peace, with justice.
Niagara BDS Coalition
Supporting the BDS call of Palestinian civil society in the Niagara Region. For more info contact email@example.com
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association (OPRA)
The Oakville Palestinian Rights Association [OPRA] started in 2016 As its name
implies OPRA has focused on advocating for the rights of Palestinians whether they are in the Westbank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, 1948 Israel, in refugee camps in neighboring countries or in the diaspora around the world. We believe a lasting , productive peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be achieved when these internationally recognized rights are accepted and acted upon. OPRA has sponsored a number of public events drawing attention to Israeli and international disregard of these rights and the oppressive consequences for the Palestinian people. OPRA’s primary focus is upon theThe No Way To Treat a Child campaign . It is attempting to gain the willingness of Canadian parliamentarians and the Canadian public to condemn this Israeli policy and practice of arresting, isolating, hurting, intimidating, manipulating and imprisoning children, some as young as six or seven,for insulting or throwing stones at riot gear dressed soldiers with powerful weapons.
OPRA also strongly supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of all Israeli companies,organizations and institutions that have not condemned the Israeli denial of Palestinian rights. OPRA meets approximately once a month
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OPIRG is the Ontario Public Interest Research Group! A loose network of PIRGs currently exists across much of Canada and the U.S. The PIRGs were launched by “public interest” activist Ralph Nader in the early seventies as a means to harness the energy and talents of students to help solve pressing social and environmental problems.
BDS Québec is a Quebec coalition of trade unions, organizations in solidarity with Palestinians, community, human rights defenders, women’s, student, religious groups, NGOs, and political parties who have adopted a BDS resolution for their organization.
PAJU was created in November 2000 in response to the Second Palestinian uprising (Intifada) against the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel. PAJU has worked to build support in Quebec for the struggle of the Palestinian people.Its members work to promote justice and peace in Palestine and to end Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestinian land.
We actively promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, distribute information and organize cultural and political activities in support of the Palestinian cause.
Newfoundland and Labrador
We are a loose coalition of individuals who work in St. John’s toward justice in Israel/Palestine.
The Canadian Peace Congress advocates and works for world peace and disarmament. We maintain that peace, not militarism and war, is the guarantor of democracy, human rights, social and economic justice. Peace, friendship and cooperation among peoples and nations are possible and necessary to improve living standards, eradicate unemployment and poverty, illiteracy and disease and to restore the health of the planet. The Peace Congress is an affiliate member of the World Peace Council.
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) is a national, liberal religious organization founded to actively promote Unitarian values through social action.
CUSJ develops and maintains a vibrant network for social action, at the local, national, and international levels, for the relief of:
- Discrimination based on religious, racial, sexual orientation or other grounds
- Violations of the human rights of individuals or groups
- Poverty and economic injustice
- Environmental degradation
- Breaches of peace, security and the democratic process
IJV is a national human rights organization, founded in 2008. We promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine though the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. We focus on Israel because Israel perpetrates unjust policies in the name of all Jews. As an occupying power, we hold Israel responsible to end its violence, occupation and settlement expansion in the West Bank, and to end its siege of Gaza.
We are guided by these principles:
- Human rights are universal and indivisible and should be upheld without exception. This is as applicable in Israel and Occupied Palestine as it is elsewhere.
- Palestinians and Israelis alike have the right to peaceful and secure lives.
- Peace and stability require the willingness of all parties to the conflict to comply with international law.
- There is no justification for any form of racism, including anti-Semitism (or anti-Jewish racism), anti-Arab racism or lslamophobia.
- The battle against anti-Semitism is vital and is undermined whenever opposition to Israeli government policies is automatically branded as anti-Semitic.
We have 10 chapters across Canada, in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Alberta, Vancouver, and Victoria.
A Canadian based independent human rights organization promoting Just Peace/Paix Juste through the rule of law and respect for human rights in Canada and around the world for the Palestinian people and those that stand in solidarity for the human rights of the Palestinian people
Our vision is provide a civil society voice focused on government, institutional and society’s accountability to the rule of law, and the standards of international human rights and humanitarian law for the rights of the Palestinian people.
The work of Just Peace Advocates is accomplished through research, monitoring, education, communications, advocacy, programs and services.
The NDP Socialist Caucus was founded in 1998 at Toronto, Ontario by NDP activists who were concerned about the right-wing drift of the party leadership. It advocates socialist policies based on economic democracy and workers’ empowerment, such as social ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, the eradication of homelessness and poverty, women’s rights and gender equality, environmental sustainability, and global peace and cooperation.
The SC believes that in order to attain power, the NDP must connect with working class people, wage earners and equity-seeking groups like never before. This means championing socialist policies that can capture the dreams and aspirations of millions of people in Canada and around the world.
Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste is an organization of revolutionary socialists across the Canadian state, active in the labour movement, social justice, international solidarity, feminist and environmental campaigns. SA/LAS supporters work to build the NDP Socialist Caucus, Quebec Solidaire, support for indigenous peoples’ struggles, as well as anti-war, anti-poverty and human rights movements. SA/LAS is in solidarity with the Fourth International worldwide.
Formed in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is a bilingual national union of over one-half million students from more than 64 university and college students’ unions across Canada. Our Federation provides students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally, and creates space and opportunity for students across the country and province to join together in creating change and winning victories on and off campus.
Other student groups that have indicated they wish to be member of the Coalition directly include:
Inter-University BDS Network for university campuses in Montreal (UQAM, McGill, Concordia and Universite de Montreal) See Action Network: Concordia
CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is a network of organizers and activists working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom. We work to raise awareness and provide resources about Palestinian political prisoners, their conditions, their demands, and their work for freedom for themselves, their fellow prisoners, and their homeland. We also work to organize campaigns to make political change and advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights and freedoms, including boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against the Israeli state and complicit corporations and institutions.