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City Celebrates International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 25, 2009 – Over 250 people gathered at the Valhalla Inn this morning to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The third annual breakfast celebration titled “Community Action – Working Together”, organized by Diversity Thunder Bay in partnership with the City featured a variety of guest speakers who shared how they are making a difference in our community.

“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.

In 2008, the City made a commitment to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.

“As one of 30 municipalities across Canada involved in the Coalition Against Racism and Discrimination as well as the UNESCO International Coalition, this Breakfast identifies the importance of working on this issue here in Thunder Bay,” said Councillor Rebecca Johnson, Event Emcee. “Our municipality, as a guardian of the public’s interest, must continue its work in respecting and promoting human rights and diversity.  Working together we can one day become, "One City - One People".

Event participants also viewed the winning videos of the 2009 Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition submitted by youth ages 12 -20 across Canada. 

Since 1966, March 21has 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