HR Fac is Back! Training starts in January

November 21, 2014

Human Rights Facilitator Training Program

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is once again offering our Human Rights Facilitator Training Program. During this 12 week program, participants will discuss relevant human rights issues while exploring how these issues are at play in our community 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.

Program Date: Every Thursday Evening at 6:30-9:00pm on January 15th – April 2nd
Registration Deadline: Monday, January 5th

Register online here

For more information contact Carrie at

Location: to be confirmed

Fee: $199/person*

*The Human Rights Facilitation Training Program has become a very popular program for the John Humphrey Centre and we strive to make this program accessible to anyone who is interested in participating.  We have a limited number of sponsored or subsidized spaces available – please let us know if the fee is a barrier for your participation.

Join 2015 Peace-Builders in #YEG!

November 20, 2014

Peacebuilders is an engaging and transformative leadership program, aimed at building a movement of socially conscious and engaged young people who are committed to fostering communities of inclusion, dignity and human rights.

Through a community agency study tour and dialogue series, young people aged 16-28 will explore, and gain a greater appreciation for, Edmonton’s diverse cultures, perspectives and ways of being. Participants will be guided through a dialogue to action process which will assist them in building relationships, identifying community challenges and developing tangible actions for positive change in our community.  They 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 while working together to create a renewed story of ‘Kanata’.

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.

Community agency visits and dialogues will be on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm (January 13th-April 7th)

* Please note that each community agency visit will take place at a different location and you will be responsible for your transportation.

Register for Peacebuilders 2015!

Calling All Faiths! Building Peace Call Out

November 20, 2014

Festival of Faiths
Celebrating the Spirit of Edmonton

For the past two years, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights has facilitated the Building Peace: From Tolerance to Appreciation program. This project aims to build an inclusive and compassionate Edmonton that truly understands and appreciates the diversity of human spirit. It has resulted in a movement of Peace-Builders, dynamic and diverse young leaders aged 18-30, who are committed to building communities based on understanding, inclusion and respect.

On Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th, in partnership with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action and to celebrate the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Peace-Builders will be hosting Festival of Faiths: Celebrating the Spirit of Edmonton. With the aim of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of Edmonton’s faith diversity, Festival of Faiths will foster a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for Edmontonians of all backgrounds to reflect on faith diversity, community and compassion.

Friday, February 6th will focus on youth aged 12-15, offering a variety of activities and learning circles hosted by diverse faith traditions and elders.  Saturday, February 7th will be open to the public, inviting Edmontonians to take part in an exciting and colorful festival of exhibits, booths, music and performances hosted by various faiths. Both days will build a safe, inclusive and compassionate environment for Edmontonians to explore the diversity of faiths in their city.

The Peace-Builders are currently seeking faith groups throughout Edmonton to share their faith with the community! Opportunities for involvement of faith groups include:

Working with the Peace-Builders to develop an interactive, engaging and educational activity session or installation for youth ages 12-15. A facilitated activity session would range in length between 10-15 minutes  running multiple times or an installation could be  set up in a way for students to walk through it independently to learn. The theme would be peace, community and compassion.

Host a booth, exhibit or display to increase awareness about their particular faith or faith centre on Saturday February 7th; and/or

Host a presentation, performance, teaching, workshop or reading etc on Saturday February 7th.

The Peace-Builders would love to have your faith centre/group join us in celebrating Edmonton’s faith diversity and invite you to contact the John Humphrey Centre for more information (780.453.2638 or