Nova Scotia Youth Art - Human Rights

For the 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, youth aged 12-24 from across Nova Scotia submitted work on what human rights means to them. The work appeared in libraries and community centres in Nova Scotia, and at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on digital displays. Select works were also featured on Halifax Transit bus interiors. We were pleased to have these young artist at our Human Rights Day and Awards on December 8, 2017 at Citadel High School. See the art work by scrolling down the page.

“We are all human regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, etc. and should be treated as such.” Jillian Connors, Truro, N.S.
“My art piece is about all races, genders and sexuality (etc.) being accepted in Nova Scotia. Also it is about what we can possibility accomplish in the next 50 years. I chose to cover this topic because I think human rights and equality are important and I would like to see everyone accepted in the next 50 years.” ~ Emily Rafuse, New Ross, N.S.
This piece “represents my closest friends. And how we see each others differences and we learn from them. We help each other.” ~ Neenah Johnson, Halifax, N.S.
 “My piece represents the fact that regardless of anyone’s gender identity, we are all equal and all deserve the same amount of respect.” ~ Olivia Crook-Simiana, Dartmouth, N.S.
“My piece is about religion. Because that is a thing that I had to hear and sometimes people thought that about me.”  ~ Islam Tahina, Wolfville, N.S.
 “My piece is about gender identity/gender expression. I decided to cover this topic because I know people who are trying to discover their gender identity. The purple hands represent people reaching out to find what’s truly on the inside.” ~ Cleah Cameron,  Halifax, N.S.
“My piece shows different religions and beliefs, as well as different genders and how Nova Scotians accept them with Peace.”
 ~ Bowen Stokesbury-Price, Wolfville, N.S.
This piece is about “perception of gender, of who we are and who we see.” ~ Andrew Fuller,  Kemptville, N.S.
“This piece is about..the rights of the transgender child/youth. She is breaking away from the box she’d been put inside her entire life and she is discovering she can be free in her true self.” ~ Lucy (Lucky) Sharpe, Fletcher's Lake, N.S. 
CaptionWho ignored their human rights?  The ant represents people and plants represent those who take the ant’s right. The plants on the ant are cordyceps militaris, a well-known medicinal plant in Asia. Cordyceps are parasitic fungus that grows on insects and use the host’s body for growth and development. ~ Yusang Cho, Halifax N.S.
“This piece is about being transgender and hiding that you are.” Trinity DeJong, Brookside N.S.
“This piece is about … ”the human rights of women around the world…. I am an African Nova Scotian young woman and I believe in advocating for all women.” ~ Manani Jones-Lamont, Halifax, N.S.
Art by Lacey Brown
“We are all equal no matter what our colour, religion or gender are.” ~ Lacey Brown, Grande-Pré, N.S.
“This is about how the way you are treated should not depend on the colour of your skin.” ~Milena Ramirez,
Wolfville, N.S.