FREDERICTON (GNB) – The program of events scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New Brunswick Human Rights Act was unveiled today.

On Sept. 15, 1967, the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick was one of the first in the country to pass a law protecting its residents against discrimination and promoting true equality for all in a modern society.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the act, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission will host the mid-year meeting of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, present a Human Rights Award, and underscore the contribution of youth by establishing a Youth Human Rights Award.

"As opinions and societies have changed, the values of New Brunswickers, including open-mindedness and equality, have led to amendments to the act, thus increasing protective measures and the act’s effectiveness," said Nathalie Chiasson, chair of the commission. "People can learn more about the evolution of our rights and the events that moved them forward by visiting the commission's website."

An interactive time line, educational videos, and a schedule of activities related to the recognition of human rights that will be held in the province this year are also available on the website.

"The year 2017 will be a touchstone for developing recognition of the fundamental principle of the equal dignity and rights of all human beings," said Chiasson. "I invite all New Brunswickers to celebrate our history with us, and I issue the challenge to participate in the protection of human rights in New Brunswick for the next 50 years."

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