March 21st – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It’s a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony. The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against apartheid.
Canada was one of the first countries to support the UN initiative and launched its first annual campaign against racial discrimination in 1989. The March 21 Campaign was initiated to heighten awareness to the harmful effects of racism on a national scale and to clearly demonstrate the commitment and leadership of the Government of Canada to foster respect, equality and diversity. For more than 15 years, the March 21 Campaign has mobilized youth across Canada to rise up and to take a stand against racism. This year, there is no official federal campaign, but organizations across the country continue to recognize March 21 and use it as a springboard for the year-long work to recognize and reject racism.
MCoS and SHRC Launch Provincial Poster campaign
MCoS is coordinating a provincial campaign with support from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. We are very excited to partner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and other organizations on a new poster campaign. MCoS members and all school divisions will receive a package with March 21st posters and stickers. You can also download the poster on both pages listed below.
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