Ali­cia Keys re­ceives Amnesty award

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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

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