The NL Human Rights Commission celebrates 50 years

    Monday, 10 June 2024 12:00

    By Tonya Organ

    The Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador has championed an impactful mandate that includes resolving complaints, educating the public, raising issues of public importance, and working closely with community partners.

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Everyone has the right to a life of equality, dignity, and respect. In the late 1960s, our province passed its first human rights code, joining a generational movement as Canada led the world in the advancement of human rights. This code made us the first Canadian jurisdiction to prohibit discrimination based on political opinion, and the second to ban sex discrimination in the workplace. Then, in 1974, legislation was passed to create a permanent provincial human rights commission to administer this code. Since then, the Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador has championed an impactful mandate that includes resolving complaints, educating the public, raising issues of public importance, and working closely with community partners.

     

     

     

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