Black Nova Scotians and allies rallied outside the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission offices on Spring Garden Road. The NSHRC is reluctant to pursue race-based human rights violations while its employees often lack a lived understanding of racism, protesters say. And the commission isn’t listening.
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) has been derelict in its duty to support and protect the human rights of Nova Scotians, with African Nova Scotian people being disproportionately impacted.
PSA: Some individuals that have experienced this nightmare will be speaking on the failures and shortcomings on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10 a.m., during a BLACK HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER Rally that will be held on Spring Garden Road in Halifax out in from of the NSHRC offices located at 5657 Spring Garden Road.
Raymond Sheppard: “If you have been racially hurt, either physically or mentally, and feel you have been wronged by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC), you are not alone. There are many people like you across Nova Scotia. The NSHRC is a most powerful entity, but changes are warranted and must be made.”
Free Equity Watch webinar: Disability: A neglected issue in human rights, Wednesday, July 22, 4 pm . Featuring Gus Reed.
Tireless activist and frequent NS Advocate author Warren (Gus) Reed will be the focus of a webinar on human rights and disabilities in Nova Scotia.
Warren (Gus) Reed: My present complaint against the Human Rights Commission and the ministries of health, environment and justice goes to the heart of government indifference to the needs of people with disabilities. Being disabled in Nova Scotia is no cakewalk. There is discrimination at every turn. Employment, health, income, education, transportation – you name it – people with disabilities face discrimination.
Joey Delaney, the Nova Scotia citizen who suffered terribly as a consequence of being inappropriately warehoused at the NS Hospital, was awarded a mere $100,000 by NS Human Rights inquiry chair J. Walter Thompson. After all, he found Joey Delaney “so disabled that payment to him of a very large sum will not have a greater impact on his life than a moderate sum.” Such ableist reasoning makes Warren (Gus) Reed very angry.
Warren (Gus) Reed: “I’m gonna go ‘way out on a limb here and venture to say that none of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commissioners is a person with a transformative disability. The odds are in my favor. Very few people with disabilities are appointed to Nova Scotia’s 135 Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs).”
The current complaint system at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission doesn’t seem to be working. Those who have been traumatized by racism, sexism and hate seem to be re-victimized.