News Release: ANFCA/JHC Partnership Announcement

October 14, 2014

Edmonton, AB (October 16th, 2014)

On this day, two Edmonton-based organizations will mark the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s visit to Edmonton with the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding.

Since 2007, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Alberta Native Friendship Centres’ Association have been working together to inspire and transform youth in the province as well as build bridges between First Peoples and other Albertans.

As part of their common mandates to strengthen local communities for the prosperity of all, this relationship has grown and on October 16th, these organizations will celebrate their partnership and announce recent funding from the Federal and Provincial governments focused on advancing their mutual goals for youth in Alberta.

“This is a great opportunity to collaborate on the many issues that directly affect urban Aboriginal peoples in Alberta,” says Nelson Mayer, Executive Director of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres’ Association. “The mandate of the John Humphrey Centre aligns strongly with that of ANFCA and we are looking forward to formalizing our already existing partnership.”

“For us, this partnership means that the local Friendship Centre in each community in Alberta is our first point of contact. They are our friend and ally in the community and we agree to work collaboratively to engage people in the community in a way that seeks to transform,” says Renée Vaugeois, Executive Director of the John Humphrey Centre.

Brief presentations will be given by Merle White, President of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres’ Association, Joan Cowling, President of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and Robert A. Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

This signing also comes a day before the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. #yegendpoverty

Date: Thursday October 16th

Location: Canadian Native Friendship Centre, 11728-95 Street

Time:  11:00 a.m.
  followed by refreshments

Funding Announcement

Kicking off with a youth retreat November 7-11,  the This is Our Canada project will bring 30 diverse Albertan youth together to challenge their perspectives of Canada and consider our identity as Albertans in the Federation of Canada. These youth will engage their community in the conversation and be part of a legacy art installation to be presented to the Premier. Along the way, Emmanuel Jal, actor in The Good Lie with Reese Witherspoon and former Sudanese child soldier will share his perspectives with the youth on an Alberta-wide tour.

Pushing this work further, JHC and ANFCA will also be working with other partners to promote youth dialogue and engagement on issues surrounding cultural diversity, social inclusion and human rights through the Building Peace Project. In Edmonton, Rocky Mountain House and Fort McMurray, youth will engage in a six month dialogue to action program that will engage the broader community in discussion on their learnings. Visits with local elders and community agencies will engage the youth in learning about the history of their community and developing an understanding of community relations.

These projects have been made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund.

High River Community Engagement Series: Nov. 25, 2014

October 14, 2014

Voices of the High River Flood: Where were the Gaps?
Community Engagement Series

10 am  Senior’s Tea
With the flood behind us, what do we need to learn from this experience? Come join us for a morning of tea and conversation to provide your insight into the disaster response and recovery efforts.

1 pm  Community Agency Workshop
At this workshop, we will look at international human rights standards in natural disasters and assess their relevance and application in High River.  The outcomes will identify the gaps in service provision and policy and provide recommendations for future disaster relief planning both in High River and beyond.

7 pm  Youth Night with artists, performances and open mic
Join us for a night of food and fun where we will discuss the flood and the voice of youth in High River. The stage is open for the taking!

Tuesday, November 25th

Heritage Inn (1104-11 Avenue S.E.)
High River, AB
All Sessions are Free of Charge

Register Here


telephone: 780.453.2638

This Community Engagement Series is brought to you by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and Thinking for a Change; two organizations with a join aim to assess and identify the common protections that all people deserve in the event of natural disaster and determine the gaps in fulfilling these protections. It is our hope that if we can identify the gaps in both response and recovery efforts, and learn who has been marginalized in these processes, we can take steps towards enshrining human rights protections in legislation and programming.

Gall Conference 2014: Putting Children First

October 13, 2014


10 a.m.
Transalta Arts Barn, 10330 84 Avenue

This December 10th at the Gall Conference, we will consider:

- How do we, as Albertans, ensure positive outcomes for all children across the province?
- How do we build policies and programs that are child centred?- What are our collective obligations to children?
- How do we support youth to have voice and participate in their community?

Children’s rights provide a foundation to building communities that foster the health and well-being of all children. This International Human Rights Day, join us for a day to reflect on our obligations to children and prioritize areas for collective impact and explore how a child rights based approach to policy and programming can support positive outcomes.

Program Highlights

Opening Keynote: Lisa Wolff

Director, Policy and Education, UNICEF Canada,
Twenty five years ago, Canada was among the first to sign onto the newly minted United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Childhood has changed in many ways since then, but the Convention remains a remarkably useful tool to guide decisions and actions affecting children. Its greatest shortcoming is simply that it is too seldom used in developing laws, policies, budgets, programs and other decision-making. Its potential is to offer clarity about the conditions to which children are entitled as a matter of obligation rather than charity; the principles that help guide the difficult decisions; and the different roles we must play. We will explore how Canadians working for children in any capacity can use the Convention to support their work and fulfill the promise of the Convention. The ultimate aim is to ensure every child the best possible conditions for growing up in Canada.

Other Presenters Include:
Joanne Minaker
Caroline McDonald-Harker
Sue Lynch

Dialogue for Change process will be supported by Alberta Culture facilitators.

Evening Keynote: Dr. Cindy Blackstock
The Value of Human Rights as a Tool for Change

Jay Gilday

COST: $100 per registrant (includes refreshments, lunch, and evening snacks).

We have a limited number of sponsored spots. Please apply online at registration.