Commission staff coordinate a series of public events annually that help to promote a range of issues relating to human rights. Among them:

Ability Starts Here Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment

Held annually on or around December 3rd – the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities – this two-day event invites educators, employers, labour organizations, entrepreneurs, people with disabilities, government representatives and service providers to participate in workshops programmed around the issues of education, employment and human rights as they relate to the lives of people with disabilities. Keynote speakers, networking events and an entrepreneurs with disabilities marketplace round out the symposiums program. This event is coordinate in partnership with the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, the Collaborative Partnership Network and other public, private and community organizations and sponsors. Learn more at

Human Rights Day

Celebrated annually on or around December 10th – the United Nations International Human Rights Day – the Commission, together with Partners for Human Rights and other community partners, coordinates a half-day community celebration. This typically takes the form of public performances featuring youth and students passionate about human rights and diversity.

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards are also presented around this date. The Human Rights Award presented annually to Nova Scotians who advance human rights through their work in their community. A call for nominations is issued to the public each October and a selection committee composed of representatives from Partners for Human Rights and Commissioners choose recipients in three categories. Learn more about the Human Rights Awards, including past recipients.

March 21st

A public celebration, film screening or other events are coordinated annually on March 21st in Halifax and Sydney to commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this date in 1960 police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. In response to this shocking event, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial. Learn more about recent events here.