May 20, 2016

Do the Rights Thing Film Series presents "The Motorcycle Diaries." 

On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto's values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.

This film will be introduced by constituional lawyer, Robert Normey and guest speaker Sebastian Barrera. The discussion will be on Democratic Rights in the Americas in the context of the journey undertaken in the film. 

Date: May 29 (Sunday)

Time: 2pm

Venue: Whitemud Crossing Library (4211 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6L7)

Admission: FREE

Timely. Natural disasters report release by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

May 17, 2016


Edmonton, (May 17 2016) -  In light of what is now touted as the nation’s largest natural disaster in Canadian history, the wildfires in Ft. McMurray; the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) is releasing a two year research report on natural disasters and human rights entitled Protecting Human Rights in Natural Disasters: Considerations for Alberta. This report looked at the floods that happened in High River, a town which was hit particularly hard by the Southern Alberta Floods in 2013. The research was conducted by Renee Vaugeois and Tatiana Wugalter and commissioned by Thinking...for a Change.

This report provides seven priority recommendations for the Government of Alberta as well as an additional thirteen secondary recommendations and learnings. The seven priority recommendations can, and should, be applied to the recovery efforts in Fort McMurray but also considered in future response efforts. Priority recommendations include; a network of advocates; a safe space for remedy of disputes and concerns; support the recovery of key documents; multisectoral collaboration and communication; caps placed on hotel fees; donor support to local community agencies; and, special attention to disenfranchised and marginalized.

This report aims to inspire a debate and conversation that ensure that when a natural disaster happens, all Albertans can be included in the recovery and planning processes and that together, as a province, are working to operationalize the Sendai Framework.

The John Humphrey Centre calls on the Government of Alberta to take action by supporting a provincial level discussion that looks at the recommendations put forward and build standards and protocols to ensure rights are protected in natural disaster and that supports and remedy are inclusive and accessible to all.

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
Projects Coordinator

Natural Disasters Report 2015 by John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights



PRESS RELEASE: Boundary-Pushing Mural Project Seeks Sponsorship!

May 16, 2016

Edmonton, (May 16) The #YEGDignity Campaign by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) is a youth-driven initiative that addresses important human rights issues through art, media and critical discussions with everyday community members. 

Last summer the campaign brought together acclaimed First Nations artist Aaron Paquette and celebrated graffiti artist AJA Louden in collaboration with youth and community members to create four striking murals that tackle important issues. The intent of the murals is to challenge stereotypes and cultivate dignity and humanity for those who experience poverty and its effects.

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts has stepped up to offer a long-term home for the murals but the John Humphrey Centre needs community support to make that happen.  118th avenue is an ideal and appropriate location for these murals which were created with community input in hopes that they would continue to provoke conversation and compassion by being prominently displayed.

Each mural needs a support of $2000 each with an additional $600 for a recognition plaque. The plaque will describe each mural and the project in general, as well as thanking all of JHC’s mural and plaque sponsors.

100% of funds raised will help cover professional installation of the mural onto the exterior of the Nina Haggerty Centre in Edmonton, the unveiling ceremony & artist’s talks.
All contributions will be recognized during the unveiling and on a plaque next to the murals describing each mural and the project. Tax receipts will be provided.

Please contact to find out more information and how you can get involved.

#YEGDignity 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.

For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Program and Communications Coordinator