Rights in Play Now Booking!

May 11, 2015

Our summer students have started and are ready to go. This summer we are putting a particular emphasis on educating about poverty, peace-building, gender and children's rights. Want a session in your school or youth program? Book us today!

Gall Conference 2015: Registration is LIVE!!!

May 5, 2015

Conference explores how access to justice impacts Canadian rights and freedoms

Having recently marked Canada’s 33rd anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, planning has gotten underway for a local human rights conference. The John Humphrey Centre is hosting the fourth annual Gall Conference on Monday, September 21, 2015, the International Day of Peace. The day will be part of a larger Peace Week taking place in Edmonton with local partners.

In honour of the late Gerald L. Gall, former University of Alberta law professor and founding member of
the John Humphrey Centre, the Gall Conference offers a forum for critical discussion and debate on
the state of human rights. In 2015, the event will explore interconnections between access to justice,
poverty and peace in our communities and build recommendations to present to the Mayor and

“The Centre has found that access to justice is one of the leading issues in Canada,” says Renee
Vaugeois, executive director of the John Humphrey Centre. “Barriers to justice contribute to the
criminalization of poverty and difference. Without access to justice, there can not be equality, freedom
or peace.”

The program includes a keynote speech from Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., president of the Native
Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation. Ms.
Lavell-Harvard has worked towards the empowerment of and advancement of rights for Aboriginal
women and their families for over 20 years and recently co-released a new book entitled Mothers of
Our Nations. She will speak particularly to the issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women in
relation to the conference theme.

The conference will also incorporate facilitated dialogue components and panel discussions to
promote deeper participant engagement with the hope of fostering collaborative solution building and
action. John Humphrey Centre welcomes people from all walks of life to attend the event and explore
how human rights are interconnected with other community issues including youth poverty,
criminalization of poverty, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, mental health and emergency

The event will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Flex Hall at Boyle Street Plaza (9538 – 103 ave). Tickets
prices are $50.00 Student, $75.00 Early Bird and $100.00 Regular. We do have a number of
sponsored spaces available if registration costs are a barrier to participation.

Register Here!


Rights in Play Volunteer Training: May 23

April 23, 2015

Rights in Play Volunteer Youth Education Opportunity

Do you want to work with young people to make our world a more just and peaceful place?

We are looking for outgoing, energetic & committed individuals who want to be inspired and in turn, inspire children and youth through human rights education!

Join our Rights in Play team as a volunteer Human Rights Youth Educator, working with young people in our community to advance a culture of respect and compassion and promote understanding of rights and responsibilities for all.

The John Humphrey Centre’s Rights in Play program uses interactive games, activities and dialogues to teach children and youth about human rights. As a Human Rights Youth Educator, you will bring the Rights in Play program to children and youth in schools, summer camps and youth groups in and around Edmonton.

We are offering our Rights in Play volunteer training May 23, 2015 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Norwood Family and Child Resource Centre (9516-114 Avenue). Participants will meet others with similar interests and receive specialized training on how to integrate our Rights in Play curriculum into child and youth work settings. 

Please bring your own lunch.

If you are interested in registering, please contact us!

Come join our Rights in Play volunteer team and be a part of advancing peace and human rights in your community!