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The 1980s: A big appetite for faith-fed advocacy

The CJL (Committee for Justice and Liberty) Foundation came roaring out of the 1970s in overdrive. As an incorporated organization it was only 17 years old in 1980, and there had been full-time staff (Gerald Vandezande and John Olthuis) only since 1972. But some early successes had been deeply encouraging.

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The 1970s: Sinking roots in a Seventies Canada

CJL breathed life into its support for pluralism – the right of different peoples to live out their lives according to their beliefs – through its support for Aboriginal rights in the 1970s. Bold work on the frontlines of Aboriginal support work led to new alliances, introducing many people to CJL for the first time.

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The 1960s: Birthing a Christian political movement

Much of the inspiration for CPJ’s formation came from Alberta, where a small group of Christians had launched the Christian Action Foundation in 1962. It pushed for Christian action in politics, labour and education, energized by the vision of a radically different society based on Gospel values.

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The Next 40 Years

Carol Goar, Toronto Star Columnist, Toronto, September 12, 2003.

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CPJ for proportional representation

CPJ Submission to Public Consultation on Electoral Reform

May 2003
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CPJ has a longstanding belief that our current “first past the post” system of political representation is fundamentally flawed and should be replaced by a proportional representation model. 

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The Names of CPJ

For over half a century, the work of CPJ has been publicly known under different names and carried out through a variety of organizational and corporate structures.

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Quality over Quantity: 2002 pre-budget submission

Investing in Human Development
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations
September 2002
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Read CPJ’s 2002 brief to federal pre-budget consultations.

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NATION TO NATION: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada

The new updated version of a 1992 edition. It includes 18 new articles and updates to 10 first-edition articles. Nearly 3,000 copies sold!

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Gerald Vandezande awarded Order of Canada

Read CPJ’s press release here.

CPJ is delighted to announce that retired Public Affairs Director Gerald Vandezande has been named to the Order of Canada.

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Parliament of Canada

Walking with Elizabeth Penashue

An Innu elder goes to the land and tells her story on the way.

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