Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012


As declared by the United Nations (UN), March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  On that day in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 people were killed by police during a peaceful demonstration against apartheid laws.
Canada was one of the first countries in the world to support the UN declaration, thereby making a commitment to develop and promote universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all through the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In 1988, ministers attending a federal/provincial/territorial ministerial conference on human rights agreed to commemorate March 21 in all Canadian jurisdictions.
Each year in our province, we recognize March 21with the rest of our international community.  Thousands of young Canadians participate in a number of activities that spread the message of eliminating racism in the world.  The enthusiasm of our youth is an inspiration for us all.  It is through their passion and drive for change that our future will be defined as one without boundaries and full of endless possibilities.
With over 300 different ethnocultural community organizations and more than 100 languages spoken, Manitoba continues to demonstrate its commitment to preserve and share our unique cultures with one another.
Our province is also recognized as being at the forefront of successful multiculturalism policy and programming.  We are dedicated to building bridges, relationships and connections among communities so that barriers of racism and prejudices are eliminated from our society.
This year, in recognition of this important day, Manitobans have the opportunity to participate in a unique event that will address issues regarding racism and social inequality, promote dialogue around these issues, foster cultural understanding and reduce prejudices.
All Manitobans are encouraged to take part in the Human Rights Film Festival activities from today until March 23 and be inspired to promote peace and understanding throughout Manitoba and the world.
The Government of Manitoba is proud of all the work that has been done and the progress that has been made by the people of Manitoba who continue to teach and promote cultural diversity in our province.
It is evident that we are moving towards creating a society where people of different faiths and cultures are respected and appreciated.  Today, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the peaceful coexistence of people of all backgrounds.
Information on March 21 Human Rights Film Festival activities is available at:
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