International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Action Week Against Racism and for Equal Opportunity (AWAR), held from March 21 to 31, marks its 25th anniversary in 2024. Under the inspiring theme of “A historical look at racism in Quebec: bringing together Quebecers of all origins and Aboriginal nations”, numerous activities are being organized across Quebec, both virtual and in person.

This week was created to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, proclaimed in 1966 by the United Nations. The first initiatives to mark this day date back to 1968 in Montreal. In 1999, a structure was put in place to coordinate the various activities surrounding this international day. The program of activities is posted on the SARC website, inviting everyone to combat racism and promote social justice (in French only).

For Canada, this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity to reflect on attitudes and assumptions towards aboriginal peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities. It is an invitation not to lose sight of the goal of providing a safe environment for every person, and equitable access to the resources that enable each person to realize their potential and participate in society.

The United Nations has chosen a theme linked to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) to remind the international community of the need to promote and protect the rights of people of African descent. In conjunction with this day, the ongoing Fight Racism campaign continues. To find out more, visit the site.