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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2022

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date March 21 holds symbolic significance as it commemorates the day authorities in South Africa opened fire and killed 69 peaceful people at a demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.

In Canada in particular we use this day as an opportunity to remember and reflect on the discrimination that Indigenous, Black and Racialized people continue to face every day. The United Nations 2022 theme is “Voices for Action Against Racism,” to encourage people and organizations to not only continue conversations about anti-racism but to implement actions and steps to dismantle racist systems and ideologies.  

Below is data from Stats Canada to see a snapshot of what racism looks like today:  

Racism is a Canadian problem, racism is a today problem, and racism will be a tomorrow problem if we do not actively take steps to dismantle and change the direction of the colonial and racist roots in which Canada has built its foundation. Today we can make a change for a brighter future. 


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