Human Rights Commission Calls for Respect for the Dignity and Rights of Indigenous People

Apr 30, 2021

In light of numerous recent and ongoing claims of discrimination against members of Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia the Human Rights Commission is calling on the public to respect the human rights and dignity of all L’nu and other Indigenous people.

Upset over the establishment of moderate livelihood fisheries and concern arising from potential COVID-19 exposure in the Membertou area appear to be exacerbating concerning instances of discrimination including refusal of service affecting Indigenous people.

Other complaints of alleged discrimination related to tax-exemption, as well as discrimination based on source of income for Indigenous people seeking housing are amplifying a disturbing trend of disrespect and disregard for treaty rights and the fundamental human rights of Nova Scotians.

Under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act it is illegal to discriminate based on Race, Ethnic, National or Aboriginal Origin. The Commission takes all allegations of discrimination seriously and encourages all L’nu or other Indigenous people in Nova Scotia to reach out if they have been subject to discrimination related to the examples above or any other instance.

As Nova Scotians we live, work, and play in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people. It is our shared responsibility to honor our relationships with Indigenous people as a way towards true reconciliation. We are all treaty people.