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Nova Scotia appoints native educator, lawyer to Human Rights Commission

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government has appointed an aboriginal educator and a former councillor to the Human Rights Commission.

Mark Furey, acting minister for the Human Rights Act, announced the appointment of Cheryl Knockwood of Membertou and Jerry Blumenthal of Halifax.

Furey says commissioners play an important role in making decisions on human rights issues.

Knockwood, a lawyer, is the governance co-ordinator for the Membertou First Nation but has also taught aboriginal and treaty rights at Cape Breton University.

Blumenthal is a retired educator and municipal councillor who served on boards and commissions, including the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

He was president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and served for a year as deputy mayor of Halifax.

The Canadian Press

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