TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2016 – After a string of hate-filled acts across Canada coming to light just this week, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) urges Canadians to step up and speak out on this International Day for Tolerance. White supremacy flyers, attacks on public transit, racist graffiti on homes and businesses, intolerant postings by educators – these are acts that must be challenged.
The United Nations designated Nov. 16 as the International Day for Tolerance to generate awareness of the principles of tolerance, which “recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.”
“On this International Day for Tolerance, when tolerance is threatened, we must speak out. What is encouraging are the many acts of kindness that have also been reported,” said Albert Lo, Chairperson, CRRF. “Communities have come together to condemn racial discrimination while joining forces to clean up the messages of hate. With tools on hand such as education, communication, dialogue and leadership, the challenges ahead are not insurmountable by any means.”
“The CRRF, mandated to eliminate racism and racial discrimination, will continue its efforts by bringing Canadians together,” said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. “Silence is not golden when it comes to racist acts. We will have the opportunity to continue to seek the way forward as we mark the upcoming Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.”
The CRRF will host a Roundtable discussion on Dec. 7 to mark Human Rights Day and this year’s theme of “Stand[ing] up for someone’s rights today.” The CRRF will bring community leaders, politicians and thought-leaders together to discuss the ways in which Canadians can counter racism.
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination. Its mission is to advance Canadian identity in the pursuit of positive race relations, equity, fairness, social harmony and dignity for all Canadians. The CRRF does this by providing independent, outspoken national leadership, informing national policies and public conversation, and acting as a resource and facilitator.
For more information
Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF: / 416-508-9033