The International Affairs Committee discusses, and reflects theologically on, significant international questions, with a particular focus on justice issues. As directed by the General Assembly, it communicates with the Canadian government on matters of international concern to The Presbyterian Church in Canada, helps Presbyterians across Canada to be informed and aware of important international matters for study, prayer and action. The committee also consults with other denominations on matters of international concern to Christians.

IAC Reports

This report looks at the impacts of human migration and the vulnerability of migrant workers; human trafficking that can exploit migrants, as well as others; the loss of biological diversity and a global environmental crisis contributing to migration; and the impact of the Israeli occupation on families and children, and on restrictions of movement on the Palestinian Territories.

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The report addresses the situation of vulnerable groups of people and minorities, including: Palestinians who are citizens of Israel, gender based violence in Haiti, albinism and people with disabilities.

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The report addresses the situation of vulnerable groups of people and minorities, including: Koreans in Japan, Haitians in the Dominican Republic, Roma in Hungary and the Ukraine, Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala, and sexual minorities.

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This report reviews several groups of peoples who experience religious persecution including: Bhil Christians and the Ghar Wapsi movement (an extremist movement in India focusing on converting people to Hinduism) in India and the impact of conflict on Christians in Syria. The report suggests ways Presbyterians can learn about and respond to these situations.

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This report reviews Canadian Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) and draws attention to some of the challenges addressing Canadian ODA.

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These reports respond to an overture requesting information on how economic advocacy can be a tool for peacemaking in Israel and Palestine.

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This report comments on global migration trends and draws attention to the vulnerability of migrants and their families.

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This report reviews the challenges and tensions linked to access to land (for living, for livelihood for sustenance) in India, Guatemala and Malawi.

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This report comments on climate change and the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, and deal with the impacts of climate change. The report includes information about how Canadian Presbyterians can respond.

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Time for Justice Bulletin Inserts

Four new bulletin inserts from the International Affairs Committee draw attention to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, climate change, issues related to migrant workers in Canada and religious persecution. Click below to download or order print copies online.

Congregations can order print copies of the bulletin inserts through the PCC Resource Ordering Portal. You can also use our online order form or send an email.

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Anglophone Crisis in CameroonAnglophone Crisis
in Cameroon
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Climate ChangeClimate Change
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Migrant Workers in Canada
Migrant Workers
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Religious Persecution
Religious Persecution
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Letters of Encouragement and Advocacy

The International Affairs Committee makes recommendations about what the church might say in response to global issues. In accordance with recommendations approved by the General Assembly, Moderators have written letters to governments (foreign and domestic) regarding climate change, peace building, trade agreements, global migration, and overseas development assistance. When appropriate, letters are also written to church partners who are working for justice and peace. These letters engage the church in the public life and express concern and hope for partners overseas.

Committee Members

General Assembly Appointees: Boghos Barbouri (convener), Wayne Barchard, Donna Capper, Charmila Ireland, Mary Kyei, Amy Zavitz
Life & Mission Appointees: Dorcas Gordon, Dorothy Herbert, Gordon Timbers
Atlantic Mission Society Appointee:
Women’s Missionary Society Appointee: Janet Brewer