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City Celebrates International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 19, 2008 - Nearly 200 people gathered at the Victoria Inn this morning to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination coming up on March 21.

This is an important event that heightens awareness of the harmful effects of racism while demonstrating our commitment to foster respect, equality and diversity in our City, said Mayor Lynn Peterson.

The breakfast celebration titled Closing the Distance Innovation and Action, organized by Diversity Thunder Bay in partnership with the City, featured a variety of guest speakers, including the Honourable Madam Justice Joyce L. Pelletier. Speakers shared how they are making a difference in our community. Local high school students who will be starring in Magnus Theatre's upcoming antiracism play also presented special preview to attendees.

Community members who have been following the news in previous months both locally, regionally and provincially must surely recognize that more than ever, there is a need to combat racism and discrimination, said Anne Lesage, Executive Director - Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre . That is why the work of Diversity Thunder Bay and events such as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is so important to the future health of our community.

The North Superior Training Board is pleased and honoured to support Diversity Thunder Bay in hosting the 2nd Annual Celebration Breakfast, said Marg Scott, Executive Director - North Superior Training Board. As a Board we support the social and economic integration of immigrants, refugee claimants, new Canadians and their families in becoming full and equal participants in Canadian society. Our partnership with the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association in organizing the first ever Immigration Forum held this winter was an incredible success. We look forward to working on future endeavours together and celebrating diversity across our region.

Since 1966, the 21st of March has been recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Contact:  Lisa Beckwick, Staffing & Development Specialist - Human Resources, 625-3298