May 3, 2016

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is once again offering our Human Rights Facilitator Training Program. If you are passionate about promoting peace and human rights and creating a movement in your community to promote respect, dignity and inclusion for all, consider joining us for this training.

During this intensive 5 day program, participants will discuss relevant human rights concerns while exploring how these issues are at play in our communities and what our role can be in affecting positive change. Participants will become familiar with human rights law and international declarations, learn facilitation skills and have an enhanced capacity to become community leaders with human rights awareness. Local guest speakers will compliment participant efforts to guide one another through experiential dialogue-based sessions to learn and explore facets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Event Date: September 19-23 , 2016
Event Timing: 9.30am-4.30pm
Event Address: ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue)

Register NOW

Deadline: Thursday, August 19 2016 

Hate Hurts

March 8, 2016


The Hate Hurts program organized by the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee, focuses on raising awareness for hate and bias incidents and crimes that occur in schools and communities along with methods that can be used to prevent such incidents from happening.

Hate Hurts encourages youth to be involved in creating a safe environment which embraces diversity in their school and community.

The Hate Hurts training will prepare SROs to deliver this award winning program to youth in junior and senior high schools across the province of Alberta.

Date: April 25
Time: 1.30-4.30pm

RCMP, Red Deer
City Detachment
4602 51 Avenue

Cost: FREE
Who should Attend: Alberta School Resource Officers

Register: HERE

For more information, contact Carrie Malloy at

Circle Alberta - Invitation to Dialogue

March 3, 2016

Child Intervention/Welfare and Justice in Alberta 
Meeting our Obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

The Alberta Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) exists “To advance the rights and serve the interests of young people who are receiving designated services under Alberta’s Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA), the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA) and/or involved in the youth justice system”. 

In an effort to support the Office in responding to the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is touring the province and conducting dialogues to discuss the responsibilities of the OCYA.

Our goal is to present to the OCYA practical recommendations and strategies to improve their advocacy work for indigenous children and youth. We have no doubt that the recommendations will also promote the broader rights of children across the province.

We are looking to talk to young people, community members and service agencies to get your perspective on how to move towards reconciliation in Alberta in the child intervention/welfare and justice systems. We hope you will be part of this conversation.

Schedule of Meetings:

March 9  Rocky Mountain House and Area 
10 am - 3 pm at the Rocky Native Friendship Centre. Lunch included.
Address: 4917 52 St, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1L3
Phone:(403) 845-2788

March 16 Pincher Creek and Area
Napi Friendship Centre
10 am  Service Providers
1 pm  Broader Community
4 pm  Young people
622 Charlotte Street, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0
Phone: 403.627.4224

March 23 St. Paul and Area
10 am - 3 pm at the Mannawannis Friendship Centre. Lunch included.
Address: 4924 49 Ave, St. Paul, AB
Phone:(780) 645-4630

March 31 Edmonton and Area
10 am - 2 pm at Creating Hope Society. Lunch provided by Tee Pee Treats.
9538 107 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

April 19  Peace River and Area

April 20  High Level and Area

Please contact us at 780 453 2638 or via email at if you want to attend one of these sessions.

The TRC Calls to Action and the UNDRIP provide principles for the rebuilding of trusting relationships between the state, in this case the OCYA, and indigenous communities. They also serve as a tool to demand for accountability and change.

This dialogue process will identify how the OCYA can support the TRC Calls to Action and UNDRIP as the foundational framework for reconciliation and, ultimately, for its work with Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities in a way that equally involves them in the advancement of the rights of the youth receiving designated services under CYFEA, PSECA and the justice system.

OCYA’s responsibilities include:
Providing individual advocacy to young people involved with designated services
Providing legal representation for children and youth related to child intervention court matters
Facilitating public education and awareness building on the rights of young people and the OCYA in support the exercise of those rights
Developing relationships with stakeholders, including the systems and organizations that provide services and support to young people
Identifying systemic issues that impact children and youth who are receiving services from government ministries and public systems
Conducting investigations in the event of a serious injury or death to identify systemic issues