2015 Gall Conference


We would like to thank the City of Edmonton for their sponsorship of this years event. 

Having recently marked Canada’s 33rd anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, planning has gotten underway for a local human rights conference. The John Humphrey Centre is hosting the fourth annual Gall Conference on Monday, September 21, 2015, the International Day of Peace. The day will be part of a larger Peace Week taking place in Edmonton with local partners.

In honour of the late Gerald L. Gall, former University of Alberta law professor and founding member of
the John Humphrey Centre, the Gall Conference offers a forum for critical discussion and debate on
the state of human rights. In 2015, the event will explore interconnections between access to justice,
poverty and peace in our communities and build recommendations to present to the Mayor and

“The Centre has found that access to justice is one of the leading issues in Canada,” says Renee
Vaugeois, executive director of the John Humphrey Centre. “Barriers to justice contribute to the
criminalization of poverty and difference. Without access to justice, there can not be equality, freedom
or peace.”

The program includes a keynote speech from Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., president of the Native
Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation. Dr.
Lavell-Harvard has worked towards the empowerment and advancement of rights for Aboriginal
women and their families for over 20 years and recently co-released a new book entitled Mothers of
Our Nations. She will speak particularly to the issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women in
relation to the conference theme.

The conference will also incorporate facilitated dialogue components and panel discussions to
promote deeper participant engagement with the hope of fostering collaborative solution building and
action. John Humphrey Centre welcomes people from all walks of life to attend the event and explore
how human rights are interconnected with other community issues including youth poverty,
criminalization of poverty, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, mental health and emergency

The event will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Flex Hall at Boyle Street Plaza (9538 – 103 ave). Tickets
prices are $50.00 Student, $75.00 Early Bird and $100.00 Regular. We do have a number of
sponsored spaces available if registration costs are a barrier to participation.

Program Snapshot: (full conference program can be viewed here)

9:00 am   Opening Remarks: Joan Cowling, President of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

9:10 am  Elder Prayer and Teaching

9:25 am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard
Hosted in partnership with the City of Edmonton

10:30 am:  International Peace Day Walk and Flag Raising Ceremony

Setting up at 11am: #YEGDignity Campaign: Mural Painting with AJ Louden and Aaron Paquette

1:00 pm Breaking Down Barriers to Justice and Human Rights: Hosted in partnership with the Canadian Human Rights Commission

3:00 pm Storytelling Conversation: Mental Health, Criminalization and Poverty

4:45 pm Closing Remarks: Renée Vaugeois

5:00 pm - 7pm Stew and Bannok Networking Dinner