MHRC awards

October 5, 2009

Human Rights Award to be given to those advancing the rights of new immigrants to Manitoba

Nominations are open for the annual Human Rights Commitment Award Manitoba and the Dr. Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award, the Awards Committee announced today.

"Every year, on or around International Human Rights Day, we acknowledge work done in various communities that has had an impact on the advancement of human rights," says Dianna Scarth, Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

This year the Commitment Award will recognize the work of individuals or organizations that have advanced, through their innovative approaches, the rights of new immigrants to Manitoba.

The Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award will recognize a youth group or young person less than twenty five years of age, who has promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms within Manitoba.

Past human rights award recipients include Yude Henteleff, Irene McKay, The Bridges FASD Intermediate Program at David Livingstone Community School, Chuck Duboff, Winnipeg Harvest, Marceline Ndayumvire, Kathy Mallet, Sherri Walsh, Phil Fontaine, Chris Vogel and Richard North. The Dr. Sybil Shack Youth Award, which began in 2005, has been awarded to the Maples Collegiate Unity Group, Tasha Spillett, Krupa Kotecha and Joe A. Ross School of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

"We are asking Manitobans to consider submitting a nomination for either the Commitment or Youth Award," Ms Scarth says, adding, "the work and effort of many often goes unnoticed by those outside their community. This event is a celebration and gives individuals or groups the recognition they deserve."

The Manitoba Human Rights Awards Committee consists of representatives from the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2009. For more information on the award criteria, you can contact the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties or the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Criteria information can also be found on the Manitoba Human Rights Commission website www.manitobahumanrights.ca or the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties www.marl.mb.ca/.

For more information, please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
204-945-5112