SEIU-West's Multicultural Mentorship Committee (MMC) along with the membership of SEIU-West, recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  

Observed annually on March 21st, this day commemorates the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass laws in 1960.

In 1966, the United Nations proclaimed March 21st as International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination and called on the international community to deepen its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

This year’s theme is "Voices for Action Against Racism". It aims to “highlight the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirm the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognize the contribution of individuals and organizations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.”

Today is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that racialized people here in Saskatchewan, Canada, and across the world, continue to experience racism and racial discrimination every day.

We condemn and stand against all forms of racial discrimination and injustice, and commit to creating a safe, equal and equitable community and world. 

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