IGNITE CHANGE 2017
For more information, and to submit an abstract to present at Ignite Change 2017, please visit our event website, www.ignitechange2017.com
Global Gathering for Human Rights
From August 21-25, 2017, in commemoration of the 150th birthday of Canadian Federation and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is planning Ignite Change 2017: A Global Gathering for Human Rights. This event will bring together people who are, individually or with others, acting to promote or protect human rights. The audience will include beginners, activists, educators and mentors focused on collective dialogue on critical human rights issues facing Canada and the world and building of strategies to affect positive social change.
We have identified four critical issues in the Canadian landscape for human rights defenders to consider and discuss. We will explore four topics during the event:
3. Hate and,
4. Human Trafficking.
Our goal is to deepen understanding on these four issues and their intersections from a global perspective; reflect on how they play out in our communities at a local level; and, debate what can be done to address the root causes and support those most marginalized and victimized. These issues hit to the core of many challenges we see in our country at the moment and the need for open, honest conversation is necessary to be able to affect change.
We will look at the gaps in protection, participation, provision and remedy of rights as well as identify opportunities for change to better protect or promote the security, dignity, freedom and justice of all.
Why Human Rights
The International Human Rights System provides people with the tools for accountability and action that ensures all people live a life of well being and achieve their full potential. Starting at the international level, standards are set by the global community that all states and duty bearers should work toward in their countries.
Edmonton was North America’s first Human Rights City. A commitment from civil society in Edmonton to work towards embedding human rights in practise and policy and every day interactions. In 2015, the John Humphrey Centre was proud that the City of Edmonton made the formal commitment towards being a Human Rights City by making it one of the key strategies towards ending poverty in Edmonton within a generation.
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, a local human rights education NGO, is a pillar of human rights education in our province and country. We have been working together to bring people together to engage in human rights dialogues. This Ignite Change 2017! Global Gathering for Human Rights is our commitment to continuing the critical global conversations that we must face and setting our sights on where we are going beyond Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
How you can Help?
To make this event a success, it must be accessible to all; not matter their background, ability, or experience. We need help to make this happen. Here is how you can help:
- Preparation for delegates, speakers, and participants through committee work and in office support;
- Outreach and sharing among networks to ensure all Human Rights Defenders are aware of the event; and,
- Donations, sponsorships and other forms of either in-kind or financial support that can enable us to provide stipends and travel to low-income Human Rights Defenders who are a vital part of this conversation.
To help us make Edmonton the heart for Human Rights Defenders in 2017. Please contact:
Ignite Change! Coordinator
Phone: (780) 453-2638
Let’s make an impact and let’s shift some things
USTICE4REEL will highlight the talent of aspiring filmmakers who are focused on exploring themes connected to social justice, human rights and grassroots activism. In addition, this inspiring event will provide a platform for justice-focused artists across multiple disciples (such as music and visual/digital arts) to be showcased throughout the festival.
This exciting artistic showcase will tackle important topics that effect young people in ground breaking new ways and will positively impact our diverse community by creating opportunities for social change through artistic expression & community dialogue.
We strongly encourage you to contact email@example.com if you are interested in supporting this event as a partner or sponsor.
Help advance a culture of dignity and respect for all in our city by becoming a part of the #YEGDignity movement and support JUSTICE4REEL.
#YEGDignity is a youth driven project that uses participatory and creative arts to tackle tough human rights issues in our community. This project was initiated by The John Humphrey Centre’s Youth Action Project on Poverty, a team of young change-makers who have sought to challenge stereotypes and document critical social justice themes using art, music and film. https://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/projects/1006-yegdignity-campaign/
This initiative has been made possible with the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation's Youth Empowerment Grant and in partnership with Metro Cinema.
Returning to Our Role as a Peace-Building Nation and Protector of Human Security
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Renee Vaugeois, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights; Andrea Burkhart, ACT Alberta; Irfan Chaudhry, Alberta Hate Crimes Committee; Raah Msweli, I Am Because You Are Youth Foundation (Drugs)
Human trafficking, arms, drugs and hate are critical and relevant issues for Canadians globally and locally. In this roundtable session, we will reflect on these issues and their intersections from a global perspective; reflect on how they play out in our communities at a local level; and debate what can be done to address the root causes and support those most marginalized and victimized.
October 31, 2016
Peacebuilders is an inter-generational dialogue and learning program for Edmontonians ready to have conversations on controversial secular issues while reflecting on the diverse worldviews that frame our perspectives on these issues. Peacebuilders 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.
In 2017, through a series of skills building sessions, panel talks, and dialogue series, we will be engaging on issues related to gender identity and orientation, sex and morality, as well as medically assisted dying. These dialogues are meant to be reflective on what it is to build communities of inclusion, dignity and peace when we can be at odds on issues.
As Peacebuilders, participants will play a critical role in advancing the voice of Edmontonians 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. Participants will develop skills such as witnessing, documenting, reporting and being an advocate in the community for inclusion, dignity and peace.
This program is open to all ages however parental consent would be required for anyone under the age of 18.
January 17 - April 04 2017 (13 sessions)
Interfaith Centre 172 HUB
University of Alberta
HUB Mall, 112 St. N.W.
Participants: Ages 17 and up
Admission: FREE (only 25 spots available)
Deadline to register: Thursday, December 8 2016
October 24, 2016
Nominations have closed and winners selected for the 10th Annual Human Rights Awards! Recipients are those that are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights in our city and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. You won't want to miss honouring these amazing people.
JOIN US AS WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR'S
AWARDS AND CELEBRATE OUR LOCAL HEROES.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 2016
Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.
Program Begins at 2:00 p.m.
ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue in Strathcona)
This year our keynote speaker Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. Mdm Landry was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in March 2015, marking a new phase in a career defined by community involvement. Native of Mont-Joli, QC, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Law from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1988, and founded her own law firm located in Cowansville, QC in 1993.
Ms. Landry’s desire to contribute to the well-being of her community has guided her towards many leadership positions, including President of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux La Pommeraie and President of the local Chamber of Commerce. She has workedto improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of her community, in particular by providing support to the United Way of Haute-Yamaska, as well as Au Diapason, a regional center for palliative care. Ms. Landry has also presided over the administrative body of the pediatric center “Main dans la main”, inspired by the works of Dr. Gilles Julien.
The cost of the awards is Free but Admission is FREE but we welcome donations. Donations of $25 and above will be issued a tax receipt from the centre. Donations are also being accepted on our CanadaHelpspage in which a tax receipt will be issued automatically.
Space is limited so GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY
The program will include entertainment, an art showcase, a cash bar and a silent auction.