Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 17, 2008 14:24 ET

Media Advisory/DND: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2008) - is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It's a day observed all around the world to focus attention on the problems of racism and the need to promote racial harmony. The UN made this designation in 1966 to mark a tragic event that took place on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa when 69 peaceful demonstrators were killed during a protest against apartheid. Canada was one of the first countries to support the UN initiative and launched its first annual campaign against racial discrimination in 1989.

For National Defence, it is also a time to reflect upon the progress we have made to advance visible minorities' equality in our workforce and to note some of the challenges that remain.

This year's theme in National Defence is 'The Rapidly Changing Face of Canada'

See below the details of the day. For more information feel free to

Jonathan Desjardins
Manager, Social Awareness Cell :

Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:20 a.m. at the main entrance of
National Defence Headquarters (Mackenzie-King Bridge entrance).

Date: 18 March 08
Time: 0930 to 1130 hrs
Place: NDHQ Building, 101 Colonel By Drive


0930 h: Opening Remarks
1000-1115 h: Guest Speakers / Musical Entertainment

Guest Speakers :

Lieutenant General Marc Dumais
Canada Command

Maria Hawkins
The Ottawa Blues Lady

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