Events & Initiatives

This is where we’ll post about our upcoming and past events and initiatives. You can also check out the homepage for news and highlights about our events and how to get involved!

September 2011 – April 2015 | At a Glance!

March 31, 2015


The media misrepresents certain demographics or chooses to focus on human rights issues and/or calamities that occur far from home. As beautiful and great of a country Canada is, it has a dark history of assimilation and oppression of First Nations communities. What is even worse is that the oppression continues to exist even today but academia and media CHOOSE not to highlight the wrongdoings of Canada’s government, and how Canada has failed the First Nations all together.

JHR UCalgary is honoured to be hosting the first ever art and photo gallery which will document the stories of Aboriginal Canadians, on the national and local scale. Their experiences and history will be brought forth, their artwork will be on display, their leaders and representatives will be speaking — sharing their stories, spreading awareness, being heard.


March 24, 2014


On March 24th, JHR’s chapter of University of Calgary held the Cultural Diversity and the Perseverance of human rights event. The members invited Dr. Eliah Bailey and Mr. Gabor Zinner to the University of Calgary as guest speakers to talk about the effect that social and demographic diversity can lead to the development of greater human rights – which is the experience in Canada. Each speaker gave a 20 minute presentation exploring the two streams and how the genius of the Canadian experiment is to use ethnic diversity to forge a stronger, more stable and just society and how some parts of the world where the opposite is true may be well advised to emulate the Canadian model.


March 30, 2012

As part of the University of Calgary’s Culture Month, JHR hosted a panel discussion as well as the screening of “The Last King of Scotland”. This film was based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. We also sold candles after the documentary to “shine the light” on human rights abuses around the world and handed out Speak magazines.


January 24, 2012

JHR hosted a conference night with two guest speakers: Dr. Usama Al-Atar and U of C professor Maureen HIebert. Dr. Usama Al-Atar, and Edmonton Islamic leader, was arrested for several days by Saudi police in that country while leading a prayer. He will be sharing with us his story. Also, U of C professor Dr. Maureen Hiebert will be discussing Human Rights in the context of institutions.


November 23, 2011

On Wednesday November 23rd, JHR was a proud sponsor of the World Religions Conference. We invited scholars from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to present their viewpoints on religion’s response to economic disparity. How economic challenges impacted the rights of various religious groups was also discussed.


March 4, 2011

On the week of March 4th, 2011, JHR’s chapter of University of Calgary participated in Hollerday by doing several activities. The members created Beeswax Candles and sold the candles for fundraising. On March One of those included hosting a debate/documentary night at our campus. The Documentary that was shown was the “Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.” This was followed by a small Debate session by some wonderful professors from our University- Dr. Maureen Hiebert from the Faculty of Arts and Professor Donald Ray from the Faculty of Political Science! This was a great educational night for all our members of the club! We also held a Candlelight Vigil for the victims of Human Rights Abuse.

We also had the opportunity to attend the Global Youth Summit 2011 for High School and Junior High School students. Members from our club held a workshop to educate the students about Rights Media and Journalism. Although the workshop was facilitated by our members, it wouldn’t have been a success without the keen and engaging students who were very interested in Journalism and human rights!


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