FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2010

The Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba looks to the Arts Community

The 2010 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba will be given to an individual or a group who has advanced human rights through the arts, announced Dianna Scarth, Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

"We are looking to those people who through their music, visual arts, theatre, writing, dancing or other art forms have promoted human rights," says Ms Scarth, adding, "This year the focus of the award has changed from the area or type of discrimination to the method of communicating a human rights message."

Every year, for International Human Rights Day, the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission acknowledge human rights work that has advanced the rights of Manitobans.

The Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award, which is also given out each year to an individual or a group of young persons under twenty-five years of age, recognizes those who have promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms within Manitoba. The criteria for this award are more broadly based. The Awards Committee encourages schools, organizations, employers and universities to nominate young people who have contributed to human rights awareness.

The nomination forms, which include the criteria for each award, can be found on the Manitoba Human Rights Commission website www.manitobahumanrights.ca and on the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties website http://www.marl.mb.ca/.

Deadline for nominations is November 12, 2010. The award recipients will be honoured on December 8, 2010 at a reception in the Manitoba Legislative Dining Room.

 

For more information please contact
Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission

204-945-5112