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

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to Feb 9

Human Rights Facilitator Training- Edmonton

Event Date: February 05-09, 2017
Event Timing: 9.30am-4.30pm
Event Address: ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue)
Contact: tisha@jhcentre.org

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is once again offering our Human Rights Facilitator Training Program. If you are passionate about promoting peace and human rights and creating a movement in your community to promote respect, dignity and inclusion for all, consider joining us for this training.

During this intensive 5 day program, participants will discuss relevant human rights concerns while exploring how these issues are at play in our communities and what our role can be in affecting positive change. Participants will become familiar with human rights law and international declarations, learn facilitation skills and have an enhanced capacity to become community leaders with human rights awareness. Local guest speakers will compliment participant efforts to guide one another through experiential dialogue-based sessions to learn and explore facets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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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 tisha@jhcentre.org 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.

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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, 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:



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

Email: tisha@jhcentre.org

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crim-sim-tickets-34295234971

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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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6:30 PM18:30


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.

Every Tuesday
January 17 - April 04 2017 (13 sessions)
6.30pm-8.30 pm

Interfaith Centre 172 HUB
University of Alberta
HUB Mall, 112 St. N.W.
Edmonton, AB

Participants: Ages 17 and up

Admission: FREE (only 25 spots available)

Register: HERE

Deadline to register: Thursday, December 8 2016

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1:30 PM13:30


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.



                  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.


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