Now Accepting Applications for This Is Our Canada: Exploring The West Retreat

June 25, 2015

WANTED: Human Rights Renegades

40 young renegade Western Canadians, between 16 and 28, who care about our country and want to work towards building peace in their communities through truth and reconciliation. These youth will work as a team to build a renewed sense of what it means to be Canadian in Western Canada.

Start Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015

End Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Where:  St. Paul, Alberta

Why should I attend?
At the retreat, you will join a movement of young people from across Canada committed to defending and protecting human rights in your home communities. Through an educational tour of St. Paul, you will deepen your understanding of the diverse experiences that make up Western Canada and how these experiences have shaped our realities as Canadians today. You will also engage in debate, dialogue, brainstorming and hands on sessions to equip you with the tools to affect change in your community and strengthen a culture of human rights.

What are the costs of attending?
Registration at the retreat is free and includes accommodations and food. We will also be arranging transportation for participants from Edmonton, Alberta to St. Paul on Friday, November 6th. 
We have a small number of bursaries available for travel to Edmonton. Please email for more information.

What are my commitments beyond the retreat?
Each retreat participant will become part of a regional squad that returns to their community with a commitment towards action. At the retreat, participants will break into three thematic work areas: human rights education, community peacebuilding, and human rights documentation. Volunteer commitment up until March 31, 2016 is between 40-50 hours.

How to I Apply?
Register here! Applications are due on September 30th, 2015. Successful participants will be notified on October 8, 2015 of their acceptance.

This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada and planned by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, Mannawanis Native Friendship Centre Society, St. Paul Champions for Change, Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul and District, Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club, Kehewin Music Project.

Youth Action Project on Poverty launches the Dignity Campaign!

June 24, 2015

In alignment with the City of Edmonton’s work to eliminate poverty, The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights gathered a group of diverse young Edmontonians together to explore poverty, participate in community engagement and formulate recommendations to present to the City’s Task Force: they are the Youth Action Project on Poverty (YAP).

These young people not only succeeded in educating themselves and their peers, they built relationships with marginalized youth and adults and they inspired the Mayor and his colleagues to rethink how those experiencing poverty are marginalized and criminalized simply for being poor.

Join members of YAP and renowned local artists as we create the first in a series of four art installations that tackle different themes around restoring the dignity of marginalized individuals and groups in Edmonton.

This month’s art project focuses on the theme of exclusion to compliment the vision of The Works festival to create a more inclusive and diverse downtown core! 

Date:  June 29th, 2015
Time:  4:30p.m.-9:00p.m.
Location: The Works Festival, Churchill Square

JHC’s Youth Action Project on Poverty is committed to cultivating a culture of dignity and respect for all in our city, with special focus on the most vulnerable and excluded members of our community. 

This summer we are embarking on a Dignity Campaign with acclaimed First Nations artist Aaron Paquette and celebrated graffiti artist Aja Louden. 

Meet the artists! 


We will paint four large murals throughout the months of June, July, August and September (one per month) in public, highly visible areas throughout the city in order to challenge stereotypes and cultivate dignity and humanity for those who experience poverty.

Join us at the first of four art projects of the #YEGDignity campaign!

Rights in Play Reflection

June 17, 2015

Hannan Attitalla Reflects on Participating in one of our Programs

June 17, 2015

Contributing to the facilitation of the Rights n’ Play workshops at the Ekota Elementary School was a very fun and insightful experience. We worked with kids from grades K-6, ages that I myself am not too accustomed to working with. However, I was very surprised! I thought that human rights, children rights and the issues revolving around them would be very difficult to relay to younger children. Rather, the response and the dialogue that emerged was both interesting and refreshing. Kids were very engaged throughout all the sessions. Of course the games we played was a definite bonus, but even in the actual discussions the kids were consistently participating and contributing. Overall it was a great experience full of inquisitive questions, strong dialogue, relevant drawing and fun games! Children confirmed to me that we should never underestimate them and their capability to participate in the education, dialogue, initiatives and overall development of children rights. I am grateful to the John Humphrey Centre for having such a program and also to all the teachers and educators that accommodate our Rights n’ Play workshops!


Hanan Attitalla