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April 25, 2008
City of Toronto seeks nominations for Human Rights Awards
The City of Toronto’s Human Rights Awards recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations for their ongoing advocacy to build a city where everyone can participate fully in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of Toronto. Award recipients have contributed to achieving human rights through actions taken to eliminate violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy.

“The City’s Human Rights Awards recognize the leadership and commitment of our residents to building a truly inclusive society that gives real meaning to Toronto’s motto: “Diversity our Strength,” said Mayor David Miller.

The Human Rights Awards are presented in five categories:
  • Aboriginal Affairs Award
  • Access Award for Disability Issues
  • Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women
  • Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues
  • William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations

The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m. Nominees must be residents of the city of Toronto. For more information about the awards and an online application, visit

The City’s annual Human Rights Awards will be presented at a ceremony to mark December 10, Human Rights Day, when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and intrinsic rights of all people.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,



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