Training Experience and Competence

JHC has a long history of developing and delivering education and training to help organizations or individuals embed human rights and address discrimination. We have a wealth of curriculum and competencies that allow us to tailor training to a group’s specific needs as well as provide consulting support to meet goals. We are able to deliver sessions  that address foundational knowledge of human rights as well as sessions digging into various areas of human rights such as the children’s rights, women’s rights and much more.

The following provides an overview of the training we have ready and available:

Fundamentals of Human Rights

Human Rights Training and Workshops

The foundations for human rights workshop will introduce participants to the international architecture and history of human rights as well as the values and pillars of human rights including provision, protection, participation and remedy. Throughout the day, participants will gain understanding of how human rights are relevant to local issues and be introduced to the national and provincial legislation that exists to support human rights. The day will close with a reflection on tools for everyday justice and dignity.


Community Training Programs

Stride Advocate

Stride will introduce you to different tools and mechanisms you can access to advocate for your rights and the rights of others in your community.  The training will be tailored to the participants. Sessions include:

  • Alberta Human Rights Act - what does it cover, how to file a complaint, benefits and challenges, review of current cases

  • Alberta Health Advocate/Mental Health Advocate - the Alberta Health Act and the role of the Advocate

  • Alberta Office of the Child and Youth Advocate - the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the role of the Advocate

  • Alberta Supports - services that exist to support low income Albertans and how to access them


Human Rights Facilitator

The Human Rights Facilitator program equips participants with the tools and capacity to create spaces of learning and dialogue around human rights and build stronger and more resilient communities and workplaces. You will deepen your understanding of a range of United Nation treaties and declarations and understand how they are relevant to the local context.  In addition to deepening your understanding of human rights, participants will gain skills in facilitating spaces of intersectionality and with a decolonization lens. You will deepen your understanding of the impacts of colonization and how this plays out in dialogue spaces. You will learn skills in facilitating dialogue around human rights related issues and connecting to the United Nations treaties and declarations as well as understand the values and pillars of human rights. Participants will receive our Human Rights Facilitator Manual, a toolkit of popular education methodologies for educating on human rights and are free to use this resource to facilitate spaces in their community.



Anti-Oppression and Cultural Competency

This training includes taking participants through a deepening of awareness and understanding of systemic racism and discrimination, exploring how it plays out in organizations and services, and building capacity to address and respond effectively.  


Building a Rights Based Organization

This training will facilitate organizations’ self reflection and analysis of their application of human rights. This training supports organizations to create strategies to ensure their workplace, programs and policy respects the rights of all and reduces discrimination. You will have the opportunity to assess your organization or program through a human rights lens and identify potential for growth and development.


Writing Shadow Reports

This workshop is an opportunity to work in collaboration with others to draft a sample shadow report for submission to relevant authorities or agencies. Shadow reports are important tools at the international level to highlight critical human rights issues from the perspective of the people. Shadow reports provide information to international experts as they assess the progress of realizing human rights in Canada and other countries around the world.


Art for Human Rights

Through this intensive two day workshop, you will work in collaboration with a team to reflect and explore human rights issues and themes, using creative means such as creating zines, murals, masks, making music, or using film.  You will work with experienced artists and educators to create an outcome that you can share with your community to spark awareness on human rights.


Teacher Training

Reconciliation in Education

The first half of the session of professional development will introduce teachers to the basic frameworks of using a human rights based approach to support reconciliation in schools, introduce the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and provide an introduction to the toolkit.  The second half of session is a time for deeper exploration of UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, particularly as they apply to schools and education. Teachers will have an opportunity to participate in mini-lessons to give them applied experience in the larger toolkit. Elders will be included in the full day session to support and guide the process.


Children’s Rights

This workshop will introduce teachers to tools and activities that can be used to explore children’s rights in the classroom and motivate students into citizenship based activities around children’s rights. Teachers will participate in experiential learning activities that connect human rights to local and global realities and focus on creating a plan of action moving forward. This workshop provides a grounding in basic human rights principles that can be used as a framework for further exploration of children’s rights topics.

We can create custom workshops to address any human rights issue that you would like to explore and create a package of the activities used in the workshop to use with students in schools.

We also offer this session to youth leaders that would like to learn to facilitate children’s rights workshops in their school communities.