Press Release: CALL to ACTION - BOOK a CrimSim

May 16, 2016

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CALL to ACTION - BOOK a CrimSim

I thought it was amazing! The kids did a great job, And it’s a simulation that needs to be developed and pushed and get it up to higher authorities,” - Chief Commissioner of Alberta Human Rights Commission, Robert Philp.

Edmonton, (May 16 2016) - In recognition of the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims on March 24, an exclusive launch of a Criminalization Simulation was held at the iHuman Youth Society.

The Gold Laurel Award winning UNCENSORED program of iHuman Youth Society and the Youth Action Project (YAP) on Poverty program of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights built this simulation to provide a unique learning experience that engages youth as educators; developing scenarios and situations that provide insight into how negative stereotypes influence police-citizen interactions and how empathy and understanding can play a positive role in building safe communities. Check out the video about CrimSim here created by one of the youth participants, Stephenie White  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QauMYzOK8QA

Key stakeholders, partners and community members took part in the launch of the CrimSim included Edmonton Police Chief Commissioner Laurie Hawn, Chair of the Edmonton Police Commission Cathy Palmer and the Chief Commissioner of Alberta Human Rights Commission, Robert Philp. 

Many of the CrimSim guests were deeply impacted by the presentation, here are some of their comments:  

Things I’ve seen, things that have happened to me when I was a teenager; I know for me it really hit me close to my heart. I hope it really gets out to people who may not experience this first hand, who might not see the other side of the story.“ -Emilea Saadeh

You know I thought it was really great experience seeing the viewpoints from our youth because I  think that’s what’s really important. I think the really biggest thing that I took back from it and it’s such a simple thing - is the we all need to treat each other with respect and unfortunately that shouldn’t be a skill. It shouldn’t be something we need to teach. It should just come naturally.’’ Alanna Harrison

Really enjoyed it! It really gave me a different perspective on the thoughts and everything everybody has to go through and deal with people like myself on the street.” - Transit Peace Officer, Sergeant Jason Svekla.

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and iHuman Youth Society are following up with a call to organizations and agencies in our community to book a CrimSim session and learn about the unique barriers facing many of Edmonton’s most vulnerable community members. It is an opportunity for Edmonton to be part of a positive change and challenging conversations that focus on promoting community safety from the ground up.

In 2014/15 The Youth Action Project on Poverty (YAP) explored the realities and impacts of criminalization from those with lived experience. Youth came to understand that interactions between law enforcement and marginalized populations are often fraught with tension and can lead to safety and security issues for these individuals as well as the wider public. The youth felt that solutions lay in police and front line providers being trained and made aware of the negative impacts of criminalization on individuals and communities already facing barriers.

Thank you to the support from the Government of Canada and Edmonton Community Foundation for enabling us to undertake this important work.

To book a session, please contact iHuman Youth Society at 780.421.8811 or info@ihuman.org

For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Program and Communications Coordinator
780-235-2961
tisha@jhcentre.org

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The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights & iHuman Youth Society Proudly Present: 

                                                        The CRIMSIM Project

The CRIMSIM Project is an exciting training program for those who work in the area of justice and enforcement, as well as other front-line service providers; opening up opportunities for communication, compassion and transformation.

The CRIMSIM Project was developed in partnership with JHC’s Youth Action Project on Poverty (YAP) and delivered by iHuman’s Uncensored, a theatre-based program using drama to engage and educate. Using Uncensored award winning approach, the CRIMSIM offers a unique and powerful learning experience that engages youth as educators; developing scenarios and situations that provide insight into how negative stereotypes influence police- citizen interactions and how empathy and understanding can play a positive role in building safe communities.

 

CALL to ACTION!

On March 24, 2016 we launched The CRIMSIM Project to a room full of key stakeholders, partners and community members! We received an overwhelmingly positive response! Now is your chance to book a session for your organization and learn about the unique barriers facing many of our most vulnerable community members. Now is your chance to be part of positive change and challenging conversations that focus on promoting community safety from the ground up!

 

Background:

In 2014/15 The Youth Action Project on Poverty (YAP) learned about the realities and impacts of criminalization from those with lived experience. The youth came to understand that interactions between law enforcement and marginalized populations are o+en fraught with tension and can lead to safety and security issues for these individuals as well as the wider public. The youth felt that solutions lay in police and front line providers being trained and made aware of the negative impacts of criminalization on individuals and communities already facing barriers. The Youth Action Project recommendation called on The City to “support the implementation of the Criminalization Simulation developed in partnership with iHuman Youth Society’s ‘Uncensored’ program and the John Humphrey Centre through a commitment that every member of Edmonton Police Services will participate in the program as an element of training, as well as having the City advocate for the program through professional networks in Edmonton and beyond”.

TO BOOK A SESSION:
PLEASE CONTACT IHUMAN YOUTH SOCIETY AT 780.421.8811 OR INFO@IHUMAN.ORG

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