March 21 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It’s a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony.
The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic
event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa
when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against
apartheid. Canada was one of the first countries to support the UN
initiative and publicized national campaigns against racial
discrimination from 1989 to 2011.
The Multicultural Council of
Saskatchewan (MCoS) is coordinating a provincial campaign with support
from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. MCoS members
and all schools have received a package with March 21 posters and
stickers. Many Saskatchewan organizations continue to recognize March
21 and use it as a springboard for the year-long work to recognize and
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan with
many local organizations, are partnering to show a film, The Gold
Bracelet, in communities large and small across Saskatchewan in honour
of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Gold Bracelet is a tender hearted story of a young immigrant family and
its peaceful existence until the September 11, 2001 attacks shatter
their world and force them to face harsh realities in America. It
explores immigration and generational issues. This film allows us to
rise above our differences.
“We are very excited to partner with
Regina Immigrant Women Centre and many local organizations to enable a
tour of the film The Gold Bracelet and its award-winning director Kavi
Raz,” says Rhonda Rosenberg, Executive Director of MCoS. “Each showing
will include opportunities for discussion following the film. We hope
that community members will build relationships that are the foundation
to respectful and welcoming communities.”
SOURCE: © Copyright 2013, Yorkton This Week