1967-2017 - 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

The Nova Scotia Human Commission was established in 1967 due to the racism faced by African Nova Scotians. Over the last 50 years, the Commission has assisted Nova Scotians facing discrimination and promoted respect for human rights and inclusivity in our province. We’ve seen evolutions in human rights law responding to the needs of our population. In our effort to advance human rights, we’ve protected family status and recognized the rights of same-sex couples. We’ve added sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression to our protections. We developed a policy for breastfeeding mothers. We’ve helped women and girls play sports. We have helped employees and employers alike address the needs of persons with mental and physical disabilities in the workplace. We continue to address complex human rights cases, including those involving systemic racial discrimination working in cooperation with partners in the justice system.  These are just some examples and there are many more.

Anniversaries are time for reflection and renewal.

We recognize there is much to do. We continue to work to advance equity and dignity, foster positive and respectful relationships, and actively protect and promote the human rights of all Nova Scotians. As the Commission continues its work, we are making important investments in technology, such as those to develop elearning tools to address and prevent discrimination. For all Nova Scotians to prosper and flourish, an effort to promote respect for human rights and diversity is needed across all sectors and communities in our province. We are here to provide advice and guidance to all -- education and outreach continue to be a central part of our efforts.

Please stay tuned with us throughout the year as we recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of Nova Scotians promoting human rights and as we reflect on how far we have come.

Check back for more information on our 50th Anniversary events:

  • 50th Anniversary Youth Art Exhibition at the Margaret Hennigar Library – July 2017
  • Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission at Halifax Pride (Parade July 22, 2017)
  • 50th Anniversary Youth Art Exhibition - Wolfville Farmers' Market – August 5-September 9, 2017
  • 50th Anniversary Youth Art Exhibition - Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Fall 2017)
  • 50th Anniversary Youth Art Exhibit - Truro Library – September 15-29, 2017
  • 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People – September 13, 2017 
  • Celebrations for International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2017 (location TBD)

Interesting in partnering with us on an event? Contact us at HRCInquiries@novascotia.ca