Returning Home - Launch
12:00 PM12:00

Returning Home - Launch

Edmonton, December 12, 2017- Join the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Kohkom Kisewatisiwin Society in the launch of Returning Home along with stories from the Kohkom’s teaching Calendar.

Date: December 15

Time: 12:00 p.m.       

Location: Heritage Room, Edmonton City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square)


For more information:


Media contact:  

Nexi Alarcon

Paint the Rails Communications/ John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

Mobile: 780-289-3079



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11th Annual Human Rights Awards
1:30 PM13:30

11th Annual 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.

Robert P. Lee will be the event’s guest and keynote speaker. Since 1997, Lee has been trying to help victims of childhood abuse obtain justice and compensation for the wrongs committed against them. Robert has been involved in 2 class actions against Alberta Child Welfare and has plans for additional class actions.

December 10, 2017

The Backstage Theater (10330 84 Ave NW)

From 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Please Register

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Justice 4 Reel
6:00 PM18:00

Justice 4 Reel

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 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.

This initiative has been made possible with the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation's Youth Empowerment Grant and in partnership with Metro Cinema.

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 Ignite Change! Global Gathering for Human Rights
to Aug 25

Ignite Change! Global Gathering for Human Rights


For more information, and to submit an abstract to present at Ignite Change 2017, please visit our event website,


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:



2. Drugs,
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.

Why Edmonton?

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:

Tisha Raj

Ignite Change! Coordinator


Phone: (780) 453-2638


Let’s make an impact and let’s shift some things

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Paint the Rails - Community Engagement Sessions:
5:00 PM17:00

Paint the Rails - Community Engagement Sessions:

Join the John Humphrey Centre, Edmonton Transit, local artists and community members as we build plans for the creation of murals at transit stations across the city.

Help us tell the stories of local history and community resiliency. Help us retell the story of Edmonton/Amiskwaciwaskahikan to widen the narrative and contribute to a process of decolonizing space.  Let’s reflect our history with honesty and create a shared vision for the future.

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4:00 PM16:00

Crim Sim at iHuman

The Criminalization Simulation (CrimSim) is a session developed by Uncensored, composed from true stories of criminalization from youth. The participants are developing scenarios and situations that will provide insight into how negative stereotypes influence police-citizen interaction; how police might communicate more effectively with vulnerable persons; and, how empathy and understanding can play a positive role in enforcing safety in our community.

All segments of our City will benefit from this type of innovative, educational opportunity, whether they are a marginalized community member, social workers, teachers, health providers, police or bylaw officer, politician or part of the mainstream. This is a creative solution that will benefit and positively impact safety and security for all Edmontonians! We are excited to have a CrimSim session at iHuman Youth Society on June 20, 2017.

Register here

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11:00 AM11:00

Workshop at International Week: Global Gathering (see details below)

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.

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