Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission opens nominations for 2023 awards, highlights importance of recognizing champions of equity and inclusion

Province House, the Nova Scotia Legislature, dates from 1819. Photo: Peterspiro/Getty

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is now accepting public nominations for its 2023 Human Rights Awards. The annual awards aim to recognize individuals and groups in Nova Scotia who have shown exemplary commitment to advancing human rights within the province. Nominations are open until November 3.

Joseph Fraser, Director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, underscored the awards’ importance, stating, “As identity politics are weaponized and disparities across equity-deserving communities intensify and divide us, it is critical that we celebrate our human rights champions… leading the way toward a more just, inclusive and equitable society for all.”

The award categories for this year include:

  • Youth (up to age 20): For those who promote equity and inclusion, as well as the importance of human rights, empowering youth to advocate for themselves and their communities.
  • Individual (age 21 and older): Recognizing someone who shows leadership and has contributed to community change by advancing equity, inclusion, and human rights.
  • Group/Organization: For collective efforts that serve to protect dignity, advance equity, and promote inclusion in Nova Scotia.
  • Dr. Burnley Allan (Rocky) Jones Award: Aimed at individuals of African descent who continue Jones’ legacy of advocating for racial equality and social justice.
  • Wel’lukwen Award: Honoring L’nu individuals, groups, or organizations that advance the rights of Mi’kmaq and Indigenous people and work towards creating a more equitable society.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Halifax on December 8, coinciding with the United Nations International Human Rights Day observed on December 10.

Starting this year, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will accept nominations year-round. A public call for nominations will still be issued each autumn. More details about the awards and how to submit nominations are available on the commission’s website:

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