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

There are no upcoming events scheduled

Past Events

May 30th, 2024 - May 30th, 2024 - Human Rights on Screen: Our Hearts Aren't Disabled
May 27th, 2024 - May 27th, 2024 - Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia Provincial Flag-raising

Kick off Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia with the flag-raising at Province House and Provincial Government proclamation, including a performance by multi-disciplinary artist Vanessa Furlong of Legacy Circus. This event takes place Monday, May 27, 2024 beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Access Awareness Week Nova Scotia takes place May 26 – June 1 this year. As a member of the Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia planning committee, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is excited to be changing the narrative for persons with disabilities by doing our part in raising awareness and acting on disability issues. The events and initiatives hosted during this week are informed by first voice using a disability lens to ensure inclusion and accessibility for everyone.

For 37 years, Nova Scotians have organized community events, press conferences, forums, concerts and lectures during Access Awareness Week to bring attention to the importance of removing barriers for people with disabilities. Through public awareness, community partnerships education and dialogue, Access Awareness Week aims to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities.

Learn about events and ways you, your organization or community can get involved.

Featured Event

May 26th, 2024 - June 1st, 2024 - 2024 Access Awareess Week Nova Scotia
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.