Youth Forums to Challenge Perspectives on Canadian Identity, Diversity and Community Inclusion

March 10, 2015

March 21st marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and in commemoration of this important date, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights invites young people ages 16-28 to take part in a community conversations to look at issues surrounding diversity and inclusion across the province.

During these full day youth forums, youth will work to break down stereotypes but also build strategic recommendations to present to local elected officials.  At the end of the day, youth will present these recommendations to the public and community leaders and engage in further discussion about their community.

During the forum, youth will engage with former child soldier and now Juno nominated recording artist, Emmanuel Jal. Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences.

This past year, Jal co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture, “THE GOOD LIE” which tells the story about the journey of four young Sudanese refugees (based on The Lost Boys of Sudan). He has also graced the stages in many places including the United Nations’ as well as at Nelson Mandela’s Birthday. He is a young Bob Marley/Nelson Mandela; an artist with messages for peace and change. “I believe I survived for a reason... to tell my story... to touch lives,” says Emmanuel.

There is no cost to attend.

Register for Rocky Mountain House: March 17

Register for Edmonton: March 21

Register for High Prairie: March 23

Register for Cold Lake: March 25

Register for Fort McMurray: March 27

Facilitated by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and supported by The Department of Canadian Heritage, This Is Our Canada aims to foster a movement of young people in Alberta who are committed to re-shaping Canadian identity and building communities of inclusion, respect and compassion. Youth forums and community potlucks will also be taking place in Rocky Mountain House, High Prairie, Cold Lake and Fort McMurray.

 

Do the Rights Thing Film Series: A Class Apart (Sun MAR 15)

March 10, 2015

A Class Apart (PBS, 2009). This film explores the dramatic challenge to the discriminatory regime in Texas and other US states which Mexican-Americansm faced. Clearly Mexican Americans were second-class citizens up to the time in 1951 when lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, asserting that Mexican- Americans were a “class apart” from a legal system that recognized only blacks and whites. A number of remarkable and colorful participants, particularly the lead lawyers who took the case all the way to the US Supreme Court for a landmark decision, ensure that the human side of the struggle for equality is center stage in the film.

We will also view an excerpt from the film F.R.Scott: Rhyme and Reason (NFB). This will allow us to look at a famous Canadian case on fundamental rights, Roncarelli v. Duplessis, which worked its way through the courts at the same time as the Hernandez case was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the counsel was the famous constitutional scholar, poet and Renaissance man, Frank Scott.

Rob Normey, constitutional lawyer, will compare the two situations and discuss why Scott was indeed in a “class apart” himself, and why a statue of him should be placed near the Supreme Court building in Ottawa. Audience members will have the opportunity to join the discussion.

March 15, 2015

2pm

FREE
Donations accepted

Edmonton Public Library
Whitemud Crossing Branch
4211 106 St NW

RSVP to HRfilms@jhcentre.org 

Former Child Soldier, Juno-Nominated Peace Warrior Emmanuel Jal to Tour Alberta

March 9, 2015

EMMANUEL JAL, former child soldier and now peace warrior, is on his way to Edmonton for a two week tour of Alberta in partnership with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences.

This past year, Jal co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture, “THE GOOD LIE” which tells the story about the journey of four young Sudanese refugees (based on The Lost Boys of Sudan). He has also graced the stages in many places including the United Nations’ as well as at Nelson Mandela’s Birthday. He is a young Bob Marley/Nelson Mandela; an artist with messages for peace and change. “I believe I survived for a reason... to tell my story... to touch lives,” says Emmanuel.

“We brought Emmanuel here in 2013 as part of the Ignite Change Now! Global Youth Assembly. His message was so powerful that we knew we needed to bring him back. He brings a challenging message of reconciliation and forgiveness. One that we need to hear in Canada,” says Renée Vaugeois, Executive Director of the John Humphrey Centre. “He has made Canada his home and as a refugee, he brings important perspectives to the conversation about Canadian identity and our role in building peace globally and locally.”

Emmanuel will be traveling across the province to deliver presentations and talk with youth as part of the This is Our Canada Tour, sponsored in part by the Government of Canada. The Tour is meant to challenge young people, ages 16-28 in Alberta, to reconsider our identity as Canadians as well as reflect on inclusion and acceptance in their community.

Tour Stops include:
March 17th in Rocky Mountain House
March 19th at McNally High School
March 21st at the University of Alberta
March 23rd in High Prairie
March 25th in Cold Lake
March 27th in Fort McMurray

To Register

To set up media interviews with Emmanuel, please contact:
780.453.2638   
info@jhcentre.org

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