FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Claire Roussel-Sullivan, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, to mark Human Rights Day:

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made us realize the importance of being proactive in combatting the discrimination and inequalities we are experiencing in our province, communities, and families.

We live in a province deeply rooted in diversity, and we must be able to count on one another to live in equality. It is also important that our different values and attitudes, actions, behaviours, and comments value respect for others and thus help all New Brunswickers overcome the challenges of the pandemic in their daily lives.

Let us respect the rights of people working at home, who must strike a balance between work and family through this new school year, which brings with it some major adjustments for children, parents, and employers.

Let us think of those searching for housing that meets their needs, despite the stress created by their precarious employment income.

Let us think about people with special needs who must adjust to wearing a mask when the situation arises and who are asked to change their working or consumer habits.

Let us seize opportunities to better understand the challenges and obstacles experienced by Indigenous peoples and LGBTQ2S communities in our province.

It is important to treat others with dignity, respect and equality. You can contact the Human Rights Commission for information on how to better equip yourself to deal with the concerns of those close to you. Be active and informed.

Since 2002, Sept. 15 has been the day that we officially commemorate the recognition of human rights in all communities across the province and underscores the coming into effect of the New Brunswick Human Rights Act on Sept. 15, 1967.

For more information about the act or the commission’s publications, New Brunswickers can call 506-453-2301 or 1-888-471-2233 (toll-free in the province). They can also visit the commission’s website or send an email to