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Sydney resident new chair of N.S. Human Rights Commission

Cheryl Knockwood
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SYDNEY, N.S. —

Cheryl Knockwood has been appointed by the provincial government as the new chair of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

Knockwood, who lives in Sydney, has spent most of her working life focused on Indigenous law and policy. She has been a member of the human rights commission since 2015.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues, the managers and staff at the commission to continue to protect and promote the human rights of all Nova Scotians,” Knockwood said in a release issued Wednesday.

Knockwood was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 2009. She currently serves as the governance co-ordinator for Membertou First Nation, working alongside the community in developing laws on lands and citizenship.

She previously worked as a senior policy analyst with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs. She has also worked as a part-time instructor at Cape Breton University lecturing on Aboriginal and treaty rights, Mi’kmaw governance and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Knockwood replaces long-time commission member and chair, Eunice Harker, a former resident of Sydney, who retires on June 25.

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