Don't wait for the GOA for change in our society. Instead go find activists like Ruth Adria, Velvet Martin, Jessica Ernst, Diana Daunheimer and Stewart Shields. Watch and learn. Follow them. It takes a small group of leaders to ignite change.
Find your leaders. Ignite change --grassroots organization by grassroots organization. Unite all together under one umbrella organization for the rights of all of us. This is how we make change happen. Without government. We lead the way. Ignite Change folks.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Federation and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights is proud to host Ignite Change: A Global Gathering for Human Rights.This event will bring together people who are, individually or with others, acting to promote or protect human rights.
The audience will include beginners, activists, educators and mentors focused on collective dialogue on critical human rights issues facing Canada and the world while building strategies to affect positive change. Four issues have been identified as critical to the landscape of human rights defenders. The topics that will be explored during the Gathering will include: Hate; Drugs; Arms; and Human Trafficking.
Ignite Change will reflect on the global and local realities of these four issues, discuss root causes, identify solutions and strengthen our collective capacity to move forward as Canadians; reconciling a difficult past.
The Global Gathering team is seeking dynamic and innovative people to present workshops and creative sessions or spaces that will support our goal of strengthening collective commitment and action as well as deepen the discourse on these four identified topics.
The workshops should fulfill the following criteria:
Relevance - the workshop/session/space should either be an educational opportunity to deepen dialogue and learning on the four issues at within the global and/or local communities; or it should be a skills building opportunity that will enable people with practical applications and tools to advance human rights in their community or globally.
Ingenuity - the workshop/session/space may be presented in a variety of media such as roundtable, panel, dance, visual arts, spoken word, theatre… feel free to be creative with your suggestions and think outside the box!
Presentation - all presentations should be culturally relevant and sensitive, as participants will be from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
Please send your proposal submission by March 15, 2017. The proposal submission requires:
A 200 word biography
Organizational Background - if you are representing an organization, please provide a brief 200 words on the mission and work of the organization.
Abstract of Presentation - maximum of 250 words describing:
Main objective of the presentation and how it connects to the priority issues; and,
What format or method of delivery you will use.
Please submit online
Notice of Acceptance: April 15, 2017
Ignite Change 2017
John Humphrey Centre For Peace & Human Rights