Government of New Brunswick

The Honourable Brenda Murphy, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, invites New Brunswick citizens to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2023 New Brunswick Human Rights Award 

Each year, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission recognizes individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to advancing human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion in the province.

The New Brunswick Human Rights Award was established by the Commission in 1988 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, the Award has recognized persons or organizations who have worked tirelessly to make New Brunswick a better place to live and develop into a just, equitable and inclusive society. In 2019, the Commission presented its first Youth Human Rights Award to recognize the contributions of young New Brunswickers advancing the principles of diversity, equality and non-discrimination to create a better future for New Brunswick.

Our Human Rights Award Recipients are role models to all New Brunswick citizens, as they endeavour to make lasting changes to the province’s social fabric and aim to dismantle discriminatory practices and systems to make New Brunswick a welcoming and inclusive place for all New Brunswickers. For a full list of previous award recipients click here


NB Human Rights Award Sculpture designed and crafted by Lawrence Wuest of Cross Creek, NB.
The names of the award recipients are listed on the base of the sculpture which is on
permanent display at Government House in Fredericton.


Please note that all nominations must be received by May 31st, 2022.

Do you know a youth, individual or organization doing exceptional work in the promotion of human rights in your community? Nominate them for one of our two award categories!

Nomination steps:

  1. Download the Nomination Form, select the award category, and answer all of the form’s sections;
  2. Gather the necessary supporting documents (two letters of recommendation, a short biography or résumé (for individuals) OR a summary of the nominee’s mission statement, objectives, and history (for organizations or groups);
  3. Review the New Brunswick Human Rights Award Checklist to ensure your nomination is complete and does not exceed 8 pages (plus letters of recommendation);
  4. Save your nomination form to your computer files; and,
  5. Send your nomination package via email or regular mail.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The nominee lives and operates in New Brunswick.
  • The nominee is not a politician or political organization.
  • The nominee has not received the Award in previous years.
  • The nominee’s work promotes equality, diversity and non-exclusionary practices and does not discriminate based on any of the protected grounds under New Brunswick Human Rights Act.

Special Criteria for the Youth Human Rights Award:

  • Nominee is aged 25 or under before the nomination deadline.

Activities taken into consideration:


  • Target demographic of work
  • Successes
  • Results
  • Impact in the community


  • Personal risks taken
  • Complexity of initiative(s)
  • Time expended
  • Sacrifices made
  • Years of service

Leadership : 

  • Inspiration or motivation given
  • Co-operation fostered in the community
  • Initiatives, programs or projects created
  • Innovations undertaken



Before sending your nomination package, utilize the award nomination checklist to ensure your nomination is complete.

Nomination packages can be emailed to [email protected]. Alternatively, you can mail printed copies to:

N.B Human Rights Commission
751 Brunswick Street
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B. E3B 5H1

Have questions?

Contact the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission at 1-888-471-2233 or email us at [email protected]