In a terrible incident 6 Canadian volunteers working with a Quebec based charity were killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso. The Canadian volunteers were there to build a school. Apparently at least 28 people from 18 different countries were killed in the terrorist attack. According to CBC, 4 of the volunteers were from the same family and the charity that they were volunteering with is Congrégation des sœurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours.
You can find out more about the charitable activities of La Congrégation des sœurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours and specifically their work in Burkina Faso.
Here are some resources that may be helpful for charities to consider in trying to avoid supporting terrorist activities.
A reminder that CRA has published a checklist on avoiding terrorist abuse. In the past many have conflated terrorism with "foreign activities". Quite clearly terrorism can happen anywhere and Canadian charities should be paying attention.
If you have information about a terrorist incident or suspected links to terrorism you can report them to the RCMP's National Security Information Line, 1-800-420-5805, or see the website for National Security Information Network.
Canadian Charities and Terrorism: Preventing Abuse of Your Favourite Canadian Charity http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/articles/canadian_charities_and_terrorism_preventing_abuse_of_your_favourite_canadia/
Don’t be a nonprofit party to terror https://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=Don_t_be_a_nonprofit_party_to_terror
Strengthening Canada’s AML and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime and its effect on Canadian charities http://www.fin.gc.ca/consultresp/pdf-pcmltfa-lrpcfat/003-Blumbergs-eng.pdf
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.