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March 18, 2008
Mayor Miller proclaims March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, and March as a month to focus on efforts to eliminate racism and discrimination in the city of Toronto.

Toronto’s proclamation honours the lives of the anti-apartheid demonstrators who were killed by police on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa. Canada supported a 1966 resolution from the United Nations General Assembly declaring March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“It is our collective duty to build a society in which everyone has the right to live in peace and dignity,” said Mayor Miller. “As we all work toward the elimination of racism and discrimination, let us also celebrate the cultural, social and economic successes of our diverse city.”

Toronto City Council adopted a Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination in 2003 aimed at the empowerment of vulnerable communities to participate in civil society through the elimination of racism, sexism, homophobia, homelessness, illiteracy, poverty, hunger and all barriers to the achievement of human rights.

Informational displays from organizations will be in the City Hall Rotunda throughout the week.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement



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