The rights to equality and
non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law.
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and Minister of Veterans
Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Seamus O’Regan issued the following statement for
International Day for the Elimination of Racial
21 marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination. In 1966, the
United Nations General Assembly called on the
international community to increase its efforts to
eliminate racial discrimination and to participate in a
program of action to combat racism.
“On this day, we
recognize the importance of embracing diversity, and of
promoting respect and dignity for all Canadians.
is a country that welcomes people of all cultures,
ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and beliefs. We
celebrate uniqueness and create opportunities for all
“Diversity not only allows us to be more effective in
our missions, it brings us closer to our goal of better
reflecting Canada’s diverse population.
thank all Canadian Veterans who have served our country,
as well as those who continue to serve in the Canadian
Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence
today. Let us continue to take these steps forward and
strengthen our commitment to build a country that
equality and opportunity for all."
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