Stratford marks UN day for elimination of racial discrimination

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STRATFORD — The Town of Stratford is hosting a free luncheon at the town centre on Friday, March 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The event is being held in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Established six years ago, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is celebrated annually on March 21 with a series of events and activities worldwide. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences and is meant to encourage people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

Stratford has been actively working towards building a more welcoming and inclusive community for all people.

Stratford Mayor David Dunphy says discrimination can take on many forms within communities.

“Events such as this will help us learn and grow, ensuring we are building a better community where every person is respected and has the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said.

Stratford is a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, a coalition launched in March 2004 by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

The event on March 21 will be moderated by CBC Compass news anchor Bruce Rainnie. It will feature three panelists who will each speak about situations when they, or someone they know, encountered accidental discrimination.

Organizations: UN, Canadian Coalition of Municipalities, UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

Geographic location: Stratford

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