CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

March 21, 2005 12:40 ET

The City of Montreal Celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


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FOR: CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

MARCH 21, 2005 - 12:40 ET

The City of Montreal Celebrates the International Day
for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2005) - The City of Montreal
marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination through a ceremony held in the presence of numerous
guests and cultural community representatives. On this occasion, Marcel
Tremblay, associate councillor to the mayor responsible for
intercultural relations, presented the main lines of the city's
integrated action plan on intercultural relations to city employees, as
well as to institutional and community partners. Social integration,
training of city employees, representation within and hiring will be the
City's focus.

"Our administration places great emphasis on the concerns of its
residents. We want to ensure that all are treated fairly and equitably,
and that all can enjoy full and free participation in the city's
democratic, social, economic and cultural life. I am thus proud to
announce that we have concluded the census of city employees. Now that
we know their origins we can, for the first time, apply the temporary
measures provided in the city of Montreal's equal access to employment
program for the scheduled hiring of 1,000 employees within the next
three years, as we have promised," said Marcel Tremblay.

The city's active engagement in the struggle against racial
discrimination takes multiple forms. For the sixth year in a row,
Montreal is participating in the production and distribution of
promotional materials for the Action Week Against Racism, from March 17
to 24 and is providing financial and logistical support to this event.
The city's Direction des affaires interculturelles is organizing the
activities of March 21th.

"Our administration is striving to apply principles of equity,
non-discrimination and integration and to bring together all city
employees in the struggle against racial discrimination. The city has
often underscored the importance of promoting diversity and solidarity
within the administration and among residents of all backgrounds. I hope
that this event proves an opportunity for all Montrealers to open up to
the world and to interact with the city's different communities," said
M. Tremblay.

A bit of history

In 1966, the United Nations proclaimed March 21th the International Day
for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in commemoration of the
massacre of 69 students who had participated in a peaceful demonstration
against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960.

On March 22nd, 2004, the City of Montreal adopted the Declaration de
Montreal pour la diversite culturelle et l'inclusion, thereby
recognizing the values fostered by the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights of 1948 and supporting the fundamental rights proclaimed and
guaranteed in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For further information, please visit:
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/contreleracisme.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Source:
    City of Montreal
    or
    Information :
    Direction des affaires interculturelles
    Marc Rivest
    (514) 872-6354