Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors

January 31, 2017


Have you wanted to get more involved in the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights? Do you believe in our mandate and purpose?  The Board of Directors is proud to announce that applications are being taken for the board with a closing date of March 31, 2017. Times are exciting at the Centre and we have a lot of plans in our efforts to promulgate human rights and build peace.  Consider joining us!

Click HERE to apply or nominate someone. 


10th Annual Human Rights Awards: An event that recognizes local human rights heroes

December 5, 2016

Edmonton, December 1, 2016 − The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights invites the media to join them for their 10th Annual Human Rights Awards and the launch of Ignite Change 2017: A Global Gathering for Human Rights on December 11th, 2016, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the ATB Financial Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave NW).

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. Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. will be the event’s guest and keynote speaker.

Every year awards are given out to recipients, who are local human rights champions who are building Edmonton as a human rights city. This year however we will be awarding 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.

Renée Laporte, a Human Rights Champion recipient in 2015, explains what the award means to her,  “When you are an advocate, you face stigma and discrimination. You feel the hate marginalized communities face, and that drives you to work harder to see them have their rights upheld.” She was recognised for her work of over a decade as an educational assistant, inclusion innovator and pioneer in fostering high risk young women.

This year’s awards recipients are

Robert P. Lee
              Gerald L. Gall Award 2016

Paula Kirman
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Ruth Adria
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Kristina De Guzman
              Human Rights Champion 2016

Roy Pogorzelski
              Human Rights Champion 2016

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights envisions a world that manifests a culture of peace and human rights in which the dignity of every person is respected, valued and celebrated.  We work to advance a culture of peace and human rights through educational programs and activities, community collaboration and relationship building guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Project and Communications Coordinator
John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights
Contact: 780.235.2961 or


Peace builders 2017

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