Order of Canada

Order of Canada

“To be recognized by one’s country… I am overcome with gratitude.” Erna Paris, December 30, 2015

Erna has been appointed to the Order of Canada. The citation reads: “Erna Paris is one of Canada’s leading human rights commentators and activists.  An award-winning journalist and author, she has never hesitated to address sensitive issues in order to explore the roots of intolerance.  Her examination of the difficulty that nations have in confronting shameful historical episodes in Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History, inspired efforts at reconciliation with residential school survivors in this country and with the descendants of the victims of slavery in the United States.  She has also mentored many young writers and has consistently taken leadership roles in the literary and human rights communities.”

Erna Paris was invested into the Order of Canada
‎by Governor General David Johnston in September 2016.

Erna Paris and David Johnston
Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall ©OSGG, 2016.

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