Canada is a diverse country with a multicultural policy that celebrates diversity and sees this, as one of it's strengths. We have goals of being inclusive and making sure that discrimination is not tolerated. March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as declared by the United Nations, which is a day to recognize the racial discrimination that takes place every day. We observe it annually on March 21st, because on this day in Sharpeville, South Africa, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in 1960. This special day is guided by the United Nations' International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
As Canadians, we take this day as an opportunity to recognize that while progress has been made, Indigenous Peoples and other racialized peoples continue to face racism and discrimination on a daily basis. It is also a day to focus our efforts on fighting all forms of racial discrimination, injustice and systemic racism. How can we as a community help to eliminate racial discrimination?
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Learn about racial discrimination and how to combat it. Here are some e-books and physical books available to help guide you.