Workshop: Taking Action on the Declaration

September 6, 2016

The goal of this workshop will be to delve deeper into the information collected during the first phase of work with the Office of theChild and Youth Advocate throught the lens of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and theConvention on the Rights of the Child. Participants will workshop to build and streghten strategies for further implementation of rights for children in the welfare and justice and justice system. They will also provide feedback to the current Review of the Child and Youth Advocate Act. This will be a full day workshop open to staff, students and the general public.

The Alberta Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) exists "to advance the rights and serve the interests of young people who are receiving designated services under Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA), the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA) and/or involved in the youth justice system."    

Brief on the OCYA and intention of work. Presentation of dialogue of what we've heard with staff, community and young people.
Connecting the findings with human rights standards. The international human rights system and taking action on rights.

Workshopping the Recommendations to the Office of theChild and Youth Advocate, Government of Alberta and Government of Canada. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (MDT)

Blue Quills Native College - 3 Airport Rd N, Saint Paul, AB T0A 3A0

REGISTER: Here on Eventbrite


Youth filmmakers showcase their talents in Edmonton’s first ever Social Justice Film Festival

August 11, 2016

Edmonton (August 10) - The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights in partnership with the Metro Cinema will be hosting an ambitious Social Justice Film Festival, JUSTICE 4 REEL on August 26, 27 & 28, 2016 at the Garneau Theatre.

JUSTICE 4 REEL will highlight the talent of aspiring young 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 disciplines (such as music and visual/digital arts) to be showcased throughout the festival.

The festival will kickoff with a launch reception on Friday, August 26th at 6.30pm showcasing youth submissions featuring a range of critical social issues such as poverty, suicide and murdered and missing indigenous women. During the three day festival, two documentaries “Brothers in the Buddha” and “The Tipping Point: Age of the Oilsands” will also be featured followed by a Q&A session. Admission for each day of the festival is $10 at the door.

JUSTICE 4 REEL will tackle important topics affecting young people and create opportunities for social change through artistic expression & community dialogue.
The John Humphrey Centre is currently looking for more partners and sponsors for the festival to provide gifts to the young filmmakers, please find out more here:

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


For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Program and Communications Coordinator
John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights
Contact: 780.453.2638 or

Righting Relations: The Need to Move Beyond Diversity

August 11, 2016

Lunch Bag Learning Series focused on Righting Relations in Edmonton

Often various organizers, leaders and participants critique spaces of political and social change not being reflective of diverse people. The question is not why we do not have certain number of diverse groups rather the root issue is a power relation of who has power and who does not? Who represents whom? Whose voices are heard and whose are silenced or excluded? The notion of diversity needs to be viewed through a different paradigm by challenging to move beyond achieving diversity to creating leadership spaces to bring the marginalized into the center.

Date: Wednesday, September 13 2016
Time: 12-1.30pm
Venue: Willow Room, Boyle Street Community Plaza

Register: HERE

Admission is Free

*Lunch will NOT be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own packed lunch.                                                     

Our Righting Relations Host:

Rabia Naseer has completed her Masters Degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta. She is currently working with the Government of Alberta Human Services Ministry as an Analyst with Child and Family Services. She is Muslim woman wearing hijab who is actively engaged in her community. Currently she is the programs director with the Greater Windermere Community league as well as the membership director and active member of the Paragon Toastmasters Club. Recently she was one of the mentees in the City of Edmonton Opening the Potential Mentee program with Councillor Oshry. The program seeks to encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to enter municipal politics. She has been involved with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights on numerous projects and was awarded the Human Rights Award and Anti Racism Award for her work.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two young children aged 2 and 3.5, traveling, painting and taking on new challenges.

This event is hosted in partnership with: