International Day - Elimination of Racial Discrimintation

It has been 70 years since the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nevertheless, discrimination and racism remain endemic, here in Canada and around the world. This year, the UN’S theme for this day is “Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.”

A recent report by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage raises many issues related to discrimination in employment and access to services and the increase in violence and hate speech against racialized people and religious minorities. The Committee recommends the adoption of an action plan against racism as well as the establishment of equitable hiring practices fostering diversity in the federal Public Service. There are also recommendations aimed at education and the development of cultural competencies for combatting racism and religious discrimination. After the report was tabled, the Government announced that the federal budget would be earmarking funds for the development of an action plan against racism.

The JLP is proud to offer workshops against harassement and on respecting differences and anti-discrimination in the workplace.