International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Posted on 03/21/2022
March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is observed each year in commemoration of March 21, 1960, a day where 69 people were gunned down and killed at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws", by the police in Sharpeville, South Africa. 

In Canada progress has been made in eliminating racial discrimination, but there are still too many individuals, communities, racialized groups of people, and religious minorities who suffer daily from the injustice and stigma that racism brings. At the OCDSB, we value equity, diversity and inclusion because every person has the right to equal treatment, and we are strengthened by the diverse population of our community. Today and every day we reaffirm our efforts to combat all forms of racial discrimination, systemic racism and hate, to create an environment where everyone feels safe, respected and has equitable access. 

The OCDSB commits to creating safer spaces for people to speak out against racial discrimination and invites everyone in the community, especially students, to join youth around the globe in standing up against racial prejudice and intolerance. Let’s build a world beyond racism and discrimination.
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