International Day for the Elimination of Racism an opportunity for reconciliation

 

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21st each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

 

Today the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) celebrates March 21st – the International Day for the Elimination of Racism – and calls on governments and organizations across Canada to fully implement all the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

 

Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement has a long and proud history of standing up for racialized, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.

 

“We sponsor educational events, we partner with community groups on campaigns, we advocate for refugees and migrant workers, we have programs and committees designed to engage our racialized, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis members, but there’s always more to do,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “I think this day is a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of the work we all need to do to move towards meaningful reconciliation in this country,” he added.

 

In 2015 the TRC released 94 calls to action for governments at all levels, businesses, and community organizations that would “advance the process of Canadian reconciliation”. The calls to action fall under several broad categories, including child welfare, education, language, health, justice, business, media, youth, and sports.

 

“We all have a vital role in advancing this work,” said Hubich, “the Labour Movement in Saskatchewan will continue, and expand, its efforts to reconcile the abuses and injustices of the past and present, with the hope and shared promise of a better future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, newcomers, and all Canadians,” he added.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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