Rights in Play Volunteer Training: May 23

April 23, 2015

Rights in Play Volunteer Youth Education Opportunity

Do you want to work with young people to make our world a more just and peaceful place?

We are looking for outgoing, energetic & committed individuals who want to be inspired and in turn, inspire children and youth through human rights education!

Join our Rights in Play team as a volunteer Human Rights Youth Educator, working with young people in our community to advance a culture of respect and compassion and promote understanding of rights and responsibilities for all.

The John Humphrey Centre’s Rights in Play program uses interactive games, activities and dialogues to teach children and youth about human rights. As a Human Rights Youth Educator, you will bring the Rights in Play program to children and youth in schools, summer camps and youth groups in and around Edmonton.

We are offering our Rights in Play volunteer training May 23, 2015 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Campus St-Jean (to be confirmed). Participants will meet others with similar interests and receive specialized training on how to integrate our Rights in Play curriculum into child and youth work settings. 

Please bring your own lunch.

If you are interested in registering, please contact us!

Come join our Rights in Play volunteer team and be a part of advancing peace and human rights in your community!

Putting Children First: Release of Gall 2014 Report

April 16, 2015

News Release

Protecting Children’s Rights in Times of Uncertainty

May 7, 2015 (Edmonton) – As Canada marks the 33rd anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms today, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is proud to release recommendations from the 2014 Gall Conference focused on advancing children’s rights in Alberta.

Putting Children First provides an overview of the key policy and program recommendations created on International Human Rights Day. The report will be forwarded to elected officials and policy-makers to consider in our efforts to protect our children. These recommendations are a result of deliberations with over sixty community leaders and members including the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, UNICEF Canada, youth and other community members.

In honour of the late Gerald L. Gall, former University of Alberta law professor and founding member of the John Humphrey Centre, the Gall Conference offers a forum for critical discussion and debate on the state of human rights. The event seeks to advance Professor Gall’s commitment to make the John Humphrey Centre a catalyst of conversation and action.

“We here in Alberta continue to struggle to fulfill our responsibilities to children, protect them from harm and provide them a space for participating in the decisions that affect them,” says Joan Cowling, President of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and former Edmonton Public School Board Chair. “The Gall Conference challenged us to reconsider our obligations to children and build commitments for change.”

Key recommendations and themes coming from the Conference include, for example:

concerns over the availability and accessibility of drugs for children and youth;

suggestions for the improvement of accessing services among families and children;

calls to all levels of government to embed children’s rights as business practise;

a call to the Federal government to reaffirm a commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and set national standards and guidelines for all levels of government to work towards; and,

concerns over the accessibilty and relevance of sexual health education in schools.

Putting Children First: 2014 Gall Conference Summary of Recommendations can be found online here: 

Putting Children First - Gall Conference 2014 Summary of Recommendations by John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights


Summer Student Posting: Deadline April 24

April 15, 2015

Summer Student Job Notice 2015

The John Humphrey Centre is recruiting a full time summer Human Rights Education Coordinator to support human rights education programming and youth voice.  This position will be for up to 40 hours per week starting May 4, 2015.  The rate of pay is between $15-$16/hour for up to 14 weeks.

Job responsibilities:

outreach to community organizations, summer camps and youth programs

assist in the development and delivery of workshops on human and children’s rights to children and youth in and beyond Edmonton while also collecting participant perspectives and recommendations to government in relations to children’s rights

coordinate and support volunteer human rights educators to deliver education programming

collection of data and information from program participants to support evaluation

compare and contrast youth perspectives to existing provincial legislation and policy

create a final report of recommendations and programming outcomes

assist in research and the creation of a strategy to develop municipal Children’s Charters

Job Requirements:

preferably university student in Education, Law, Social Sciences, Social Work or related field

candidate should be confident and have good organization, communication and presentation skills

experience in working with children and youth and delivering education programming

experience with google apps a bonus (gmail and googledocs)

knowledge and use of social media is a plus

must be willing to travel

access to transportation is a requirement

To Apply:
Send your resume, one reference letter and a cover letter to Renée Vaugeois at renee@jhcentre.org or drop off/mail to the John Humphrey Centre at 8617 104 Street, Edmonton AB.  Application deadline is Friday, April 24 at 4:30 pm.

This summer position was made possible thanks to support from Canada Summer Jobs with Service Canada.