Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today is "Day to Erase Discrimination"

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 reject racism.

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.

The 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


  1. Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee (NAC) on Race, Ethnic, and Other Populations, 2012-2014

    The Census Bureau will be seeking nine new NAC members for July or August 2013, to replace those members who have either resigned or completed their terms.

    Look for the announcement and details about the nomination process on the Census Bureau’s page in the Federal Register.

    If you or someone you know might be a good fit for the NAC, please consider submitting a nomination.

    The NAC Charter describes the NAC’s duties:

    The committee will provide insight, perspectives and expertise on the full spectrum of Census surveys and programs to assist the Census Bureau in developing appropriate research/methodological, operational, communications, strategies to reduce program/ survey costs, improve coverage and operational efficiency, improve the quality of data collected, protect the public's and business units' privacy and enhance public participation and awareness of Census programs and surveys, and improve the dissemination of data products.

    The committee will examine and advise the Census Bureau on such areas as hidden households, language barriers, students and youth, aging populations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations, new immigrant populations, populations affected by natural disasters, highly mobile and migrant populations, complex households, poverty, race/ethnic distribution, privacy and confidentiality, rural populations and businesses, individuals and households With limited access to information and communications technologies, the dynamic nature of new businesses, minority ownership of businesses, as well as other concerns impacting Census survey design and implementation.­

  2. I will be posting a blog entry soon to explain more about what is happening (or not happening) on the National Advisory Committee. There is NO ONE on the committee who is looking out for the multiracial community. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please let me know and I will recommend you if you are qualified. -Susan Graham