Why we Exist
The objects for which the CJHR is established are:
(a) Act as a collaboration space on human rights advocacy, both individual and systemic, and use the tools of human rights to demand accountability.
(b) Act as a learning and sharing network for knowledge and experience that supports capacity building in advocacy.
(c) Act as a space to share our resources and lend support to each other.
(d) Act as an information gathering space and facilitate community based research that supports advocacy efforts.
The Coalition began as a group of advocates and workers in non-profit organizations started coming together in 2014 out of a growing need for community based advocacy supports in Edmonton. A commitment was made on International Human Rights Day in 2017 to establish the group as a formal non-profit to be able to better support the community.
We were proud to get our non-profit status in October 2018. We would like to specifically recognize the dedication to the founding team:
Renée Vaugeois with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Mark Cherrington, independent community advocate
Mahamad Accord with the Tacculusa Institute
Keri McEarchern with the Self Advocacy Federation