Ted Moses was honoured with an award created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms of North America.

Moses, who is the Cree Ambassador to the United Nations and a former grand chief of the Cree Nation, was given the Human Rights and Freedoms Award in his native Eastmain on November 12.

Jennifer Stodart, vice-president of the Quebec Human Rights Commission, and another official from the commission were on hand to present the award.

One individual was chosen in each of Quebec’s 17 regions for the award. Moses was the award winner for the Cree region of Northern Quebec, and was selected by a jury panel that consisted of James Bobbish, executive director of the Cree Health Board, and Abel Bosum, former chief of Ouje-Bougoumou. A provincial winner will be chosen from among the regional awardees on December 10 by Quebec Human Rights Commission president Claude Filon.

Moses gave a short but appreciative speech with his family by his side. He adds the recognition to his receiving an honourary Doctor of Laws degree in 1996 from the University of Saskatchewan.

(Source: an article by Dave Herman-Augerin Waaskimaashtaau. )