Message from Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel,
Chief of the Commission and Tribunals

(March 21, 2016) 
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

"International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a day in which all Albertans can celebrate the accomplishments we have made in preventing and countering racism and discrimination. However, work remains to be done.

"Our international and local news remind us daily that we must work even harder to bring about peace and harmony and eliminate racism and racial discrimination. Here, in Alberta, we continue to see incidents of racism, discrimination, xenophobia, hatred and intolerance.

"As Albertans, we each have a responsibility to speak out against racism and discrimination, and live the values set out in the Alberta Human Rights Act. This provincial legislation promotes equality, recognizes diversity and protects people from discrimination in employment, accommodation and services. 

"The lessons learned from the Sharpeville massacre are still relevant today. On March 21st, I encourage you to reflect on the tragic events in Sharpeville, to take the time to engage in human rights events in your communities, and to make a dedicated effort to countering racism and discrimination when you see it.

"Together, we can move forward in creating a province where all Albertans can participate in and contribute to the cultural, social, economic and political life of the province."

Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.