Nova Scotia Youth Art - Human Rights

Jan 03, 2018

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 artists at our Human Rights Day and Awards on December 8, 2017 at Citadel High School. See the art work by scrolling down the page.


Group of young artists at Citadel High School for Human Rights Day and Awards


Words surrounding a faceless being with a Hello I am Human tag, created by Jillian Connors


“We are all human regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, etc. and should be treated as such.” Jillian Connors, Truro, N.S.


Drawing of many people different races, genders and sexual orientation being accepted in Nova Scotia, created by Emily Rafuse


“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.


Drawing of four female friends of different fashion styles and races, created by Neenah Johnson


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.


Three symbols, male, female and transgender, holding hands, created by Olivia Crook-Simiana


 “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.


Don't Say No is an explanation of muslim religion, created by Islam Tahina


“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.


Two purple hands reaching for each other with Male and Female symbols in middle, created by Cleah Cameron


 “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.


Compass with Diversity, Religion, Race and Genre on Outside and Nova Scotia acting as needle in the middle, created by Bowen Stokesbury-Price Artwork


“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.


Inked artwork that could be perceived as either male or female, created by Andrew Fuller


This piece is about “perception of gender, of who we are and who we see.” ~ Andrew Fuller,  Kemptville, N.S.


Young female looking at reflection in mirror and breaking free from life's expectations, created by Lucy (Lucky) Sharpe


“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. 


Ant growing leaves from back, created by Yusang Cho



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.


Young boy casting a female superhero shadow, created by Trinity DeJong


“This piece is about being transgender and hiding that you are.” Trinity DeJong, Brookside N.S.

Positive words to reflect women with faceless woman wearing hijab in center, created by Manani Jones-Lamont


“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.


Two different coloured faces looking left and right, created by Lacey Brown


“We are all equal no matter what our colour, religion or gender are.” ~ Lacey Brown, Grande-Pré, N.S.


Artwork showing two races shaking hands and being equals, created by Milena Ramirez


“This is about how the way you are treated should not depend on the colour of your skin.” ~Milena Ramirez,
Wolfville, N.S.