UNDRIP Training: June 25

June 3, 2014

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’

Dates: June 25 2014
Location:  GYM- Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre (9516 - 114 Avenue)
Cost: $100 full day includes lunch
Facilitator: Renee Vaugeois

This training program will provide a grounding for participants in better understanding who “indigenous peoples” are and what is meant by “indigenous issues” at the UN level.  The training will provide an understanding of the main UN institutions and processes relating to indigenous peoples and present the main international instruments which constitute the framework for implementing a human rights based approach to development for and with indigenous people. The training will engage an analysis of the relevance and current limitations of the UN framework vis-a-vis indigenous peoples as well as explore the present realities in Canada and how we can work to mainstream indigenous rights.

To register, click here. If you have additional questions, please email info@jhcentre.org. We strive to be as inclusive as possible, if cost is a barrier please let us know!

Training Agenda:

9 am  Welcome a

9.15 am Guest Speaker: Lewis Cardinal
Understanding Kanata and the Foundations of our Nation-Hood

10.15 am Brief History at the UN and Introduction to UN Mechanisms related to Indigenous Peoples

10.45 am Break

11.15 am Defining Indigenous

11.45 am Collective versus Individual Rights

Noon  Lunch (provided)

1.00 pm Guest Speaker: Danika Littlechild
Understanding the Relevance of UNDRIP in the Canadian Context

2.00 pm   UN Special Rapporteur May 2014 Report on Canada: Principal Human Rights Concerns

3.00 pm   Core Elements of Indigenous Rights

4.00 pm    End

Komagata Maru Week 2014

May 27, 2014

Komagata Maru Week YEG
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode when Canada turned away 376 migrants of South Asian origin aboard a Japanese steamship in Vancouver’s  Burrard Inlet, we are launching the Komagata Maru Week (May 26­-31st).  
The media is invited to attend a series of events, including an exhibit (the Komagata Maru Reflections Project), an award-winning documentary and a discussion panel in recognition of the anniversary. Specifically, we hope to have media come out to the launch of the event happening on the evening of May 
26th at Latitude 53, 10242 ­ 106 Street. At 7pm, Edmonton City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi will be proclaiming the week of May 26 to 31st, 2014 Komagata Maru Week in Edmonton and introducing the week.  
Local youth Jas Pandher and Masters student from the U of A School of Public Health Harneet Chahal are available for media interviews.  
During Komagata Maru Week, key photographs and documents from the Komagata Maru incident will be displayed at the Latidue 53 until June 7th. 
The Komagata Maru Week events include:  
Monday, May 26, 6pm to 9 pm Latitude 53: Exhibit Reception, featuring documents and photographs from the Komagatu Maru Incident in 1914 along with interpretations of the incident by two emerging artists. Councillor Amarjeet Sohi will be introducing the event.  
Tuesday, May 27, 5:30pm to 9pm Art Gallery of Alberta :A Continuous Journey, followed by a Q+A session with Ali Kazimi, filmmaker and Associate Professor in York’s department of film.  
Thursday May 29, 6pm­ to 10pm PCL Theatre/ ATB Arts Barns, Join us for an evening of spoken word poetry from local poets highlighting themes of race, discrimination, and multiculturalism in Canadian society.  

Friday May 30, 5:30pm to ­8:30pm                                        Maharaja Banquet Hall, A Punjabi language lecture will be delivered by retired UBC Professor, author, and poet, Sadhu Binning. 

Saturday, May 31, 12pm to 4pm University of Alberta: Discussion Panel, Take part in an engaged conversation discussing the relevance of historical events such as Komagata Maru to today’s sociopolitical 
Contact Information: Harneet Chahal can be reached at @hkcha or hkchahal@ualberta.ca; Jas Pandher can be reached at jpandhe@gmail.com.  


Additional information: www.komagatamaruweek.com/. 
Twitter/Instagram: @komagatamaruyeg 
Facebook: Komagata Maru YEG 

Expert Toh Swee-Hin: Intercultural Education for a Peaceful World

May 15, 2014


Upcoming Workshop: Intercultural Education for a Peaceful World

Date: June 20 & 21

Cost: $150

Click here to register

In multicultural societies such as Canada, the development of intercultural understanding, respect and solidarity is crucial in helping to transcend conflicts and violations of human rights (e.g. ethnocultural discrimination; racism). This 2 day workshop seeks to engage teachers and non-formal educators in exploring how key values, principles and dimensions of intercultural education are essential for the building of a peaceful Canada and world. Various creative teaching-learning activities will be presented to demonstrate the principles and strategies of critical pedagogy. Emergent concepts and movements such as the dialogue of civilizations and interfaith dialogue will also be examined as fruitful strategies for strengthening peaceful relationships among diverse cultures and for cultivating intercultural collaboration in building a culture of peace.


Toh Swee-Hin is a Distinguished Professor and long-term Consultant, Office of the Rector, University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has taught in universities in Canada, Australia and the Philippines and served as visiting professor in the interrelated fields of education for a culture of peace, human rights, justice, multiculturalism, sustainability and interfaith dialogue in North and South contexts. In 2000, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. He has contributed as a resource person and consultant to many Alberta and wider Canadian teacher professional development activities, including the ATA’s Global Education Project, Safe & Caring Schools Program, GEOC, Alberta Teachers Convention, Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Mahatma Gandhi Association for World Peace.

Virginia Cawagas is a resident Professor and Head a.i. of  the Dept. of  Peace and Conflict Studies in the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has extensive teaching experience in the field of peace education, human rights education, multicultural education and education for international understanding in both formal and nonformal modes. She has taught, lectured, and conducted workshops in these fields for students, teachers, academics, school administrators, community leaders, soldiers, and civil servants in both North and South contexts, including the Philippines, Australia, Canada, China, Jamaica, Japan, South Pacific, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda and the US. During the 90s, she was active as a resource person and consultant for the A.TA.’s Global Education Project.  She has co-facilitated several workshops for Alberta teachers in especially global education  and social studies.