TORONTO, March 21, 2008 - Racism and racial discrimination have left their impact on many racialized communities in Canada. When the United
Nations declared March 21st of each year to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the choice of the date was to be a poignant reminder to everyone of the ugly nature of racism. It was the anniversary of the day in 1960 when the South African police opened fire on unarmed demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding about 300.
Racism and racial discrimination have left their impact on many racialized communities in Canada. Our challenge is to eliminate all forms of racism and racial discrimination from society, and to maintain Canada's commitment to human rights where all members of society are treated equitably.
In today's Canada, the subtlety of racism presents a formidable challenge. Through the denial of equitable opportunities for people because of their racial background in sectors such as employment, education, housing, public services, among others, racism becomes an obstacle towards fulfilling our rich potential as a country.
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) has, as part of its mandate, a commitment to promote a harmonious and inclusive Canada, where opportunities are not determined by one's race. The Foundation will continue its efforts towards the elimination of racism in Canada through research and publications, education and training, policy, and raising public awareness.
Between April 30 and May 2, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) will be examining the "Canadian racism" phenomenon at its fifth presentation of its Award of Excellence gala and symposium in Calgary, Alberta. This is part of our mandate, to continue the struggle against racism in all its forms, which in part means not by staying away from arenas that challenge us. Additional information about the Award of Excellence gala and symposium are available on our website: www.crrf-fcrr.ca