Message from William D. McFetridge, Q.C., Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

(March 21, 2018)

​March 21st is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

“International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a day when all people are called to reflect upon the atrocities of apartheid and to think about the lessons learned from implementing racial segregation and a legislated system of political and economic discrimination against nonwhite people.

“The human rights abuses suffered under this system remind us of the devastating consequences of racism, racial discrimination and intolerance. Canada is a multicultural society that values diversity and inclusion, yet we know that incidents of racism and racial discrimination—particularly toward certain groups—continue to occur, including here in Alberta.

“Racism and racial discrimination have no place in our society. We are stronger when our communities are welcoming, inclusive and free from racism and discrimination. We can each be human rights champions by promoting and defending our fundamental human rights.

“On March 21st, I encourage all Albertans to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by reflecting upon the lessons learned from the Sharpeville Massacre and thinking about how they apply to present day. Plan to attend events in your communities to commemorate this significant day. We can all make a positive difference—in our homes, workplaces and communities—by taking action and countering the racism and discrimination that we witness and experience in our daily lives.”

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