Working Better to Serve All Nova Scotians - A Report on Consumer Racial Profiling in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the release of a report on Consumer Racial Profiling in Nova Scotia. This report is the first report in Canada to address the issue of the experiences of customers and how they are treated by staff in retail and service establishments in Nova Scotia.
More often than other ethnic groups in Nova Scotia, Aboriginal people and African Nova Scotians say they are treated poorly when they shop for goods and services. People from all racialized groups, including Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern people, reported being treated poorly by staff far more than white people. Racialized groups include people who are treated unequally because of their race, particularly in ways that matter to economic, political, and social life.
In the report 1,219 people from Halifax Regional Municipality, Millbrook, Digby and Sydney were spoken with about their experiences in retail establishments in Nova Scotia. The study consists of information gathered through surveys and focus groups which were conducted between March 28 and August 21, 2012.
To access the report visit Working Better to Serve All Nova Scotians. Summaries are also available in English, French and Mi’kmaq.
CASHRA Conference coming to Halifax!
CASHRA is the national association of Canada's statutory agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation. Its goals are to foster collaboration among its members and to serve as a national voice on human rights issues of common concern.
This year, for the first time in 14 years, the conference will be held in Atlantic Canada from Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, May 31. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, with the assistance of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, is excited to be hosting this year’s CASHRA conference. The Conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches as well as armchair discussions from human rights leaders, academics and operational experts. We look forward to welcoming you to this experience in "Canada’s Ocean Playground" this May.
For more information and to register, visit www.CASHRA2013.ca
What are Human Rights?
Human rights are based on the belief that every person is important and valuable and deserves to be treated with respect. When the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, it declared that all human beings are “free and equal in dignity and rights."
Some human rights are fundamental freedoms such as freedom of religion. Other human rights protect people from unfair treatment because of certain personal qualities. These are sometimes called “anti-discrimination” rights.
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is a trusted leader, protector and promoter of human rights. Through sharing its knowledge and engaging Nova Scotians in discussion on human rights issues, we are committed to affirming and promoting human rights.