Alicia Keys receives Amnesty award
American musician and humanitarian Alicia Keys believes a change is coming, as people in both Canada and the U.S. wake up to the fight against inequality and injustice.
“There’s a veil that’s lifted so we’re not able to say anymore, ‘I didn’t know that,’ ” she said Saturday in Montreal, where she was honoured for her activism.
The 15-time Grammy winner received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award, which she shared with members of Canada’s Indigenous rights movement. The award is presented each year to an artist and an activist who have stood up to injustice, inspired others and furthered human rights.
Alongside Keys, members of Canada’s Indigenous rights movement were also recognized for their fight to end discrimination and improve living conditions in Indigenous communities. On hand to accept the award were Quebec Idle No More founders Melissa Dupuis and Widia Larivière, Inuit writer Delilah Saunders and activist Melanie Morrison. The Canadian Press