The 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) and partners are proud to host Ignite Change 2023, the largest celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. From Dec 1-10, a series of online events will amplify human rights, fostering dialogue and collaboration across diverse communities and we would like you to be part of this. Each day explores interconnected themes, addressing present human rights challenges while providing opportunities to learn, build skills and take action.


December 1: Indigenous Rights: Addressing Genocide and Colonization

December 2: Confronting Anti-Black Racism: Abolishing Slavery Narratives

December 3: Citizenship Inclusivity: Migrants and Undocumented Workers

December 4: Disability Justice: Commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 5: 2STQLGBIA+ Inclusion: Promoting Dignity and Well-Being

December 6: Gender-Based Violence: National Day of Remembrance and Action

December 7: Prison Justice: Strategies for Action

December 8: Building a Just Future: Dignity in Poverty

December 9: Combating Corruption: International Mechanisms for Human Rights

December 10: Human Rights Education: International Human Rights Day


To learn more about the session being offered, click here and take a look at our High Level Program Overview. We aim to be as barrier-free as possible. If you have concerns regarding affordability, please email and we are happy to waive your fees.

JHC proudly hosts Ignite Change 2023, uniting passionate individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing human rights. Together, we reaffirm our commitment to a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Get your tickets now and get involved! Visit our Convention website at https://www.ignitechangeconvention.caThank you for your support.

Members of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Edmonton Japanese Community Association and the Japanese Canadian community will be involved with the following presentations during the Ignite Change Conference:

December 2 
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Rooting in and Introduce importance of political action – Hitomi Suzuta and Carley Okamura
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Best Practises in Political Action – Art Miki, Maryka Omatsu and Susanne Tabata

December 3
9:00 am to 10:20 am – Understanding and Defining Citizenship – the War Measures Act – Hitomi Suzuta
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Human Rights Committees – Judy Hanazawa
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Hold These Truths (in person) Oliver Rossier coordinating

December 8
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Genocide Memorial (in person) Kevin Higa participating on behalf of the Japanese Community

December 9 
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Japanese Legacies in Alberta – Kevin Higa and Janis Sasaki

December 10
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Legacy of Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi and Human Rights in Canada – Paul Fujishige and Terri Rolfson

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