Tuesday, December 13, 2016

-Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission -----------“I feel that people who defend human rights, often do it at a cost,” she said. “A lot of the champions that were here today do it on their own time, free time, volunteer — so it’s really critical that they have that opportunity to be recognized and acknowledged.”------------“I know from experience that it’s a very thankless job in many respects,” Vaugeois said. “I know there’s been times in my life I wanted to give up. I’ve had awards given to me and that gave me that strength and resolve to keep going and to know that people are paying attention.”--------Robert Lee, a children’s advocate was honoured with the Gerald L. Gall AwardSunday for his work across the province.----“Right now, there’s a little more failure than success in the work that I do. Because it is so challenging, in a way I feel that I’m not worthy of it yet. I hope to help the people that I’m representing- and I’m not there yet,” he added.


December 13

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although I have not won
although the losses are everywhere
in the children and elderly

although the world rushes by
in the frenzy of earning money
although the heart is broken continually

although the stories pile up like wood
on a fire that never ends
although all these things are true

although Serenity is gone
and a new baby will soon go
although the abuse and deaths keep happening

although we are waiting for change to happen
that never happens
although our hearts are breaking     at least some of us are heroes and heroines

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December 12, 2016 5:57 am

Edmontonians who promote and protect human rights honoured




Edmontonians who champion human rights causes were honoured Sunday.
Edmontonians who champion human rights causes were honoured Sunday.
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They help some of the most vulnerable people in our society: children, the homeless and the marginalized. Edmontonians who champion human rights were honoured Sunday at a special ceremony.

For the past 10 years, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human RightsAwards have been honouring Edmontonians who go above and beyond when it comes to helping out their fellow citizens.



“This is a day that we do every year to commemorate the International Human Rights Day and to recognize the people that work endlessly in our community and now across the province to advance human rights,” Organizer Renee Vaugeois said.
The event coincided with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, and also acted as a platform to discuss the work that still needs to be done.
“I know from experience that it’s a very thankless job in many respects,” Vaugeois said. “I know there’s been times in my life I wanted to give up. I’ve had awards given to me and that gave me that strength and resolve to keep going and to know that people are paying attention.”
Vaugeois is the President of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee as well as the founder of Ainembabazi Children’s Project, an organization committed to strengthening children’s rights in East Africa.
“I feel that people who defend human rights, often do it at a cost,” she said. “A lot of the champions that were here today do it on their own time, free time, volunteer — so it’s really critical that they have that opportunity to be recognized and acknowledged.”
Robert Lee, a children’s advocate was honoured with the Gerald L. Gall AwardSunday for his work across the province.
“The more I did, the more problems that I saw,” Lee said.
The lawyer has represented victims of sexual abuse who he felt were not being treated fairly by the legal system.
“Right now, there’s a little more failure than success in the work that I do. Because it is so challenging, in a way I feel that I’m not worthy of it yet. I hope to help the people that I’m representing- and I’m not there yet,” he added.
Paula Kirman, recipient of the Human Rights Champion Award, said she was proud to be recognized.
“For my work to be recognized in this way, I feel that its given the last 11 years legitimacy, and it makes me look forward to doing even more in the future.”
Organizers said there are still many issues to overcome.
“The fact that we’re still not building homes and buildings to be accessible for people with disabilities; that we’re having hate propaganda across the province and across the country,” Vaugeois said.
“In relation to Islamophobia and the culture of fear that we’re living in now. Our Indigenous communities, our Indigenous children which are a huge representation in care and in the justice system and the barriers that they face as well as other minorities face in terms of accessing real justice,” Vaugeois went on to say.
“There’s so many issues in our country — things that people think are ‘over there’ problems.”
Vaugeois said there are ways everyone can be a champion for human rights.
“For the average person, the power of being a witness to human rights issues can be a huge step,” she said.
“We find, for example, people who maybe don’t have somebody to go to the doctor’s office with them, be a witness in the that process, somebody to go through a police complaint process. A lot of people are too afraid to go through processes, but if they have somebody walk along side them — it gives it all the more power — so to engage in human rights can be as simple as that.”
“It’s also about just being free and open to having conversations, being willing to challenge your ideas. I think the political discourse around humans rights needs to increase.”
Other recipients of the 2016 Human Rights Champion include: Kristina De Guzman, Roy Pogorzelski and Ruth Adria.


Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry
Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission 




'More children are going to get hurt,' province warned on eve of review

Head of most recent child-in-care review says province needs to act rather than begin another study

Ann Sullivan · CBC NewsDecember 9, 2016
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The death of four-year-old Serenty has sparked another review of Alberta's child intervention system. (supplied)
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The man who led Alberta's last task force on children who die in provincial care says more kids are going to get hurt while the government conducts yet another review of the children-in-care system.
"It's pretty frustrating to hear that this is the exact same process that the previous Conservative government went through about two years ago," said Tim Richter who chaired the Alberta Child Implementation Oversight Committee in 2014.
"It's really about implementing the recommendations that have been made.
Tim Richter
Tim Richter led the most recent review of the children-in-care system in Alberta. (CBC)
"I'm just frustrated with the delay. More children are going to get hurt before the government takes the action necessary to keep them safe."
On Thursday, Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, amid calls for his resignation, gave more details about an all-party panel that will review the child intervention system.
The panel has short term and longer term deadlines to report back with recommendations on how to improve the system, culminating in a report to be tabled in the legislature by the minister in the spring.
It will be the seventh review involving childrens' services in eight years.
The last six covered foster care, kinship care and a review of investigations and reporting of deaths and serious injuries.

Preventing similar incidents

Sabir announced the panel in the legislature while answering questions from Wildrose Leader Brian Jean about Serenity, a four-year-old Indigenous girl who died in kinship care two years ago.
"The premier has asked me to establish a committee that will include members from across the aisle that will look into this issue and will make sure there are enough safeguards in place that we can prevent similar incidents from happening," Sabir said.
Serenity was emaciated and badly bruised when she died from a brain injury. Medical records documented injuries that suggested the young girl had been sexually assaulted.
She died in 2014.
That same year then Conservative Human Services Minister, Manmeet Bhullar, asked Richter, to lead the deaths-in-care committee.
It came up with dozens of recommendations. Richter said the NDP, who were then in opposition, felt the committee hadn't gone far enough.
"Now we've had a controversy erupt and the [NDP] minister, the government, seems to be kicking the can down the road," he said.
Richter says rather than another panel, the government should implement recommendations made in previous reviews.
"We don't need to be going over this ground again" he said. "It's highly unlikely that a new panel is going to come up with anything that a dozen previous panels, or reviews or sets of recommendations haven't already come up with."
Richter says the first change the province should make is to have the office of the medical examiner review the death of every child who dies in care.

Seven reviews in eight years


  • Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention 2016
  • Implementation Oversight Committee 2014
  • Ministerial Roundtable: Investigations and Reporting of Deaths and Serious Injuries  2014
  • External Expert Panel following death of a child 2011
  • Child Intervention System Review  2010
  • Kinship Care Review  2009
  • Foster Care Review 2008


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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 tisha@jhcentre.org



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