Canadian Leaders Back Foundation’s Work on Justice
A group of distinguished Canadians from the fields of government, law, business, health, academia, culture and community are lending their voice to our initiative, which empowers Nova Scotian youth to use the arts to advance peace, safety, reconciliation and justice in their communities.
Some of the “Justice Champions” attended a special workshop on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, that kicked-off a province-wide consultation on enhancing peace and justice throughout the province. The event included art creation, artist talks and community feedback stations inside the 4th Wall exhibition space. Citing recent high profile cases of gun violence rocking the province and the hate-based attack in Orlando, the Justice Champions are calling for Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the Foundation’s efforts to support young people working tirelessly to use the arts to improve quality of life in their communities.
Residents of the province are invited to submit recommendations for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, wellbeing, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities. A special fund will then be created to enable youth-driven community organizations to work with the business, government, health, law, cultural and social service organizations to implement the plan over a three-year period.
Justice Champions include such luminaries as: Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament; The Honourable Diana Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General;The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage; His Honour Michael Savage, Mayor of Halifax; Marie Wilson, Commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015); Jean-Michel Blais, Chief, Halifax Regional Police; JRDN, Juno-Award winning artist; Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love; and Alan Syliboy, Coady Chair in Social Justice, St. Francis Xavier University. To see the complete list of Justice Champions visit this page.