Human Rights Awards

Held in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, these awards are meant to recognize those in our community who are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights, and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. 

Every year awards are given out to recipients, who are local human rights champions who are building Edmonton as a human rights city. In 2016, we awarded our first winner from outside of Edmonton in our efforts to recognize Albertans making an impact. This is followed by the Gerald L. Gall Award for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and has demonstrated excellence in the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada.

Robert P. Lee, the recipient the Gerald L. Gall award in 2016, explains what the award means to him,  “Right now, there’s a little more failure than success in the work that I do. Because it is so challenging, in a way I feel that I’m not worthy of it yet. I hope to help the people that I’m representing- and I’m not there yet.” The lawyer, also a children's advocate, has represented victims of sexual abuse who he felt were not being treated fairly by the legal system. 


2017 awards recipients are:

  • Kyle Fairall. Human Rights Champion Award

  • Dr. Junaid Jahangir. Human Rights Champion Award

  • Jennifer Ha. Human Rights Champion Award

  • Scott Harris. Human Rights Champion Award

  • Catherine Anley. Randy Palivoda Award for Public Service

  • Allan Garber. Gerald L Gall Award for Exemplary Contribution