International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

The United Nations uses this day to promote a culture of tolerance, equality and openness by calling on everyone to combat racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes while advocating for equality for all.

One of the goals is to “reaffirm the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and the protection of civic space…” The theme repeated from year to year “No to racism” (#FightRacism) wants to engage the public in a solidarity approach by involving especially young people.

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is very sensitive to this cause, which is part of its mission to promote justice and eliminate inequalities while actively working to promote interculturality. The SNJM issued a statement against racism in the wake of the events of 2020.

In Canada, this date provides another moment to reflect on attitudes and assumptions towards Aboriginal peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities. It is an opportunity to remember the importance of continuing efforts to combat all forms of injustice, systemic racism and hatred with the goal of providing an environment where every person feels safe, is respected and has equitable access to resources to enable them to flourish and contribute to society.

To better understand the ways in which prejudice can influence our actions and perpetuate systemic racism, a Hey Sayers podcast has been launched. The first episode of Season 2 is entitled “Created Equal”.

In conclusion, the United Nations website provides a lot of relevant information on the subject.