International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
In 1966 the United Nations declared March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in commemoration of peaceful demonstrators against apartheid who were killed on March 21st, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa. Canada was one of the first countries to show its support, and in 1989 the first Canadian March 21st Campaign was held.
Since 1997 MISA has lead the community in coordinating Campbell River’s annual “Walk Away from Racism”, to raise awareness and show support for this special day. Youth, local organizations and businesses, community groups, schools, churches, ethnic and cultural groups, and individuals are encouraged to join in the Walk and show your support, and to stand up against racism in our community.
The walk is followed by thought provoking activities that have included speeches by local youth, interactive theatre, drama performances, music, workshops, and testimonials by people who live with racism in our community.
We are always looking for new ways to bring the anti-racism message to Campbell River. We welcome new and innovative ideas to make this community event more meaningful and creative each year. If you have any ideas or wish to participate, please contact us at (250) 830–0171.
Email: jorgina [dot] little [at] crmisa [dot] ca