The Human Rights Awards are almost here and the winners are....

November 25, 2015


The 9th Annual Human Rights Awards are fast approaching. The ceremony will be held at the ATB Financial Arts Barn, 10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 2G9, at 2:00 p.m. and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of the award-winning I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The program will feature inspirational music, rousing speeches and will be hosted by CBC's Portia Clark.

Here are the winners of this years Human Rights Awards:

Bernadette Iahtail will recieve the Gerald L. Gall Award for her leadership in addressing the systemic issues around children in the care in Alberta while strengthening community reconciliation.

Nicholas Ameyaw will receive the Randy Palivoda Award for his over 25 years of experience in fighting for the work of community building initiatives in Edmonton and beyond.

Human Rights Champions:

Carla Krause-Clark will be recognized for her over 20 years of efforts to support the biological mothers of her over 24 foster children and current  prevention efforts around FASD.

Renee Laporte will be recognized for her over a decade of work as an educational assistant, inclusion innovator and pioneer in fostering high risk young women.

Judy Lytton will be recognized to honour her as a survivor and educator on eugenics.

Danielle Munroe will be recognized for her work around advocacy for highly victimized and vulnerable people.

Be there are we honor the achievements of these amazing Edmontonians! Sign up for out newsletter to keep up to date with our projects and programs all year long!

Weekly Peace Weekly

November 23, 2015

Here's the first reflection of our #ReligiousPeaceWeekly series!

“I went to a private Muslim school during my primary and high school years. As a Black Muslim girl, I’ve had difficulty when it comes to wearing the hijab. For the longest time I was told that the purpose of the hijab was to prevent unwanted stares, to hide a woman’s beauty, because the most beautiful things on earth are often hidden. Mind you, I had a huge afro that would often be a subject of mockery and amusement. I would often compare my hair to that of my Middle Eastern classmates and would find myself resenting and rejecting the explanations given for the hijab and would ask myself: what’s the purpose of hiding MY hair when my afro is not deemed beautiful? While my friends would get compliments whenever they removed their veil I would get eye rolls and laughter. So I ended up wearing the hijab out of convenience and out of shame for my nappy texture and “weird” hairstyle.” ~ Munira Nwaakuso

Register now for the next round of Peace Builders that runs Thursday Nights from Januray 14- March 31

JHC Peacebuilders

October 30, 2015

Religion is often perceived as being this “abstract” thing no one dares to talk about too often, although people don’t realize how much impact religious values can have on people’s everyday lives. From the awkwardness felt when meeting someone for the first time and realizing shaking hands with someone from the opposite sex is against that person’s religious values to being judged for not believing in any deity or supreme power at all. 

Peacebuilders is an engaging and transformative leadership program, aimed at building a movement of socially conscious and engaged young people committed to building communities of inclusion, dignity and peace. Through a community agency study tour and dialogue series, young people (16-28 years) will explore, and gain a greater appreciation for, Edmonton’s diverse cultures, perspectives and ways of being while debating critical issues in the community.

Peacebuilders will meet, engage with, and learn from members of various social, ethnocultural and faith communities; reflect on key issues related to diversity and human rights; and, explore Canadian history, identity and values. A dialogue to action process will help facilitate new relationships while engaging participants in collective conversation and change-making.

As Peacebuilders, participants will play a critical role in advancing the voice of Edmonton’s youth on issues related to diversity, inclusion and human rights and will work together to build an Edmonton where the rights and dignity of all are respected and upheld. Participants will develop skills such as:

 Listening skills

Facilitating and creating a safe space

Critical thinking

Allyship, problem-solving and action planning skills (how to be an ally + learn how to make someone feel comfortable when it comes to how his/her religion affects his/her everyday activities)

Cultural Competency

Knowledge of rights pertaining to religion (what are religious rights?)

Community agency visits and dialogues will be held weekly on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm starting January 14th - March 31st. Locations will be confirmed and communicated upon acceptance to the program. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.Registration fee is $50. If the registration fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us. There are a limited number of subsidized spaces available. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Register here.

In the meantime, make sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page for the “ReligionPeaceWeekly” and find out how people’s experiences are being shaped by their religious beliefs!