Manitoba Human Rights Awards

Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba

Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba

Every year, in recognition of International Human Rights Day, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties acknowledge human rights work that has advanced the rights of Manitobans. These annual awards are given to those who have promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The theme or criteria for the Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba is different each year. For example, the award may focus on the rights of children or the rights of persons with disabilities. In 2009 the Commitment Award criteria reflected the innovative approaches of individuals or groups who have advanced the human rights of new immigrants to Manitoba.

Nomination Forms are sent out every year in September or early October and are posted on this website. A jury of three individuals representing each of the organizing partners selects the award recipients from those nominated. The winners are announced a week before an awards lunch.

Recipients of the Human Rights Commitment award of Manitoba (formerly the Human Rights Achievement Award) and the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award are given a Certificate and $500.00. The awards are presented at a special luncheon on or around International Human Rights Day December 10. Tickets are sold through the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.

Past Recipients: Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award

  • 2015 Meet Me at the Bell Tower (MM@BT)
  • 2014 PRIDE Winnipeg
  • 2014 Rana Abdulla
  • 2014 Althea Guiboche
  • 2013 Betty Hopkins
  • 2013 Dr. Joan Durrant
  • 2013 The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities
  • 2012 Jane Burpee
  • 2012 Louise Simbandumwe
  • 2012 The Rainbow Resource Centre
  • 2011 United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832
  • 2010 Ernesto Griffith and Winston Moxam and The Manitoba Theatre for Young People
  • 2009 Ali Saeed
  • 2008 Yude Henteleff and Irene McKay
  • 2007 David Livingstone Community School's Bridges FASD Program
  • 2006 Chuck Duboff
  • 2005 Marceline Ndayumvire
  • 2004 Chris Vogel and Richard North
  • 2003 Winnipeg Harvest
  • 2002 Jim Derksen
  • 2001 Hersch Zentner
  • 2000 Kathy Mallet and Sherri Walsh

Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award

Dr. Sybil Shack received national recognition as an educator, writer, and broadcaster and was active in the promotion of human rights all her life. A remarkable and committed educator, Dr. Shack never confined her interests to the school system. She was apart of numerous boards and committees in Winnipeg including being a board member, a vice-president and co-convener of the Legislative Review Committee for The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties. In 2004 that commitment to the organization took the form of a bequest upon her passing.

In order to honour the life of Dr. Sybil Shack and her commitment to educating youth and to human rights, the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Association for Rights and liberties decided to use her generous gift to recognize the work of young people that has had an impact on the advancement of rights and freedoms in Manitoba by creating the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award.

Past Recipients: Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award

  • 2015 Christie McLeod
  • 2014 Alana Robert
  • 2013 Megan Fultz
  • 2013 Gray Academy of Jewish Education Gay Straight Alliance
  • 2012 Muuxi Adam
  • 2012 Chelsea Caldwell
  • 2012 Ayla and Van Hamilton
  • 2011 Rebekah Enns
  • 2010 Voices: Manitoba's Youth in Care Network
  • 2009 Anna-Celestrya Carr
  • 2008 Joe A. Ross School, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • 2007 Krupa Kotecha
  • 2006 Tasha Carriere-Spillett
  • 2005 Maples Collegiate Unity Group
  • 2003 Youth Helping Youth