On this page, you will find upcoming and past Commision and community events. We encourage all Nova Scotians to participate and celebrate our diverse communities. If you have an event we should include here please contact us.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

March 21st, 2024 - March 21st, 2024 - 2024 International Day for the Elimination ofRacial Discrimination Event Live from New Glasgow

The Community of New Glasgow in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Canadian Race Relations Foundation will host an evening gathering to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Theme: Ubuntu: I am because we are

March 21st, 1960, approximately 7,000 protesters gathered in front a police station in the Black township of Sharpeville, South Africa, to peacefully protest the oppressive Apartheid pass laws. These discriminatory laws, severely limited the movements Black South Africans and as well as other citizens by restricting them to designated areas of the country. On this day, as the crowd started advancing toward the fence around the police station, police officers opened fire on these protesters killing 69 people including children. 180 individuals, young and old, were also injured. In 1979, the UN General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken as part of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. It was at this gathering that March 21st was chosen as the beginning of a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination. This commemoration also aligns with the universal declaration of human rights that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and therefore have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies.

Date and time

Thursday, March 21st, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Glasgow Square, New Glasgow
You can also tune in for a live stream of this event below.



December 10th, 2023 - December 10th, 2023 - International Human Rights Day
December 10th, 2023 - December 10th, 2023 - Imagining the Future of Human Rights Through Two-Eyed Seeing

How could the legal foundation of 75 years of human rights law and thousands of years of historic and traditional Indigenous knowledge be considered together to evolve a more holistic approach to human rights in the context of our natural environment and ways of being? Tune in to this online discussion between John R. Sylliboy (Executive Director of the Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance), Tuma Young (Two-Spirit L'nu lawyer), and Joseph Fraser (Commission CEO), andimagine how the next 75 years of human rights could be shaped through the application of an Etuaptmumk (“two-eyed seeing”) perspective.

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. AT
Location: Zoom (Registration required)

December 8th, 2023 - December 8th, 2023 - Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards Presentation

Each year on or around International Human Rights Day the Commission recognizes our province’s human rights champions through the presentation of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards. This year’s awards will be presented on December 8 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library located at 5440 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax. This event is open to the public. Join us in person or tune-in to the livestream which will be viewable on this page at the time of the event and as a recording after.