International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recognizes that injustice and prejudice fueled by racial discrimination take place every day. Observed annually on March 21, it commemorates the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.
This year’s theme, “Youth standing up against racism”, aims to foster a global culture of inclusion and anti-discrimination and recognizes the work that youth across the country and the world are doing to stand up against racial prejudice.
In Canada, this date is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that while progress has been made, racialized communities in Canada continue to face racism and discrimination every day. It is also a day to re-commit our efforts to combat all forms of racial discrimination, injustice, and systemic racism to ensure a world where everyone is respected, safe, and has equitable access to contribute meaningfully to all aspects of society.
Find more information on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.