OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 21, 2014) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
"International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination began as a global response to the tragic events in South Africa on March 21, 1960. Fifty years later, it is important to take a moment to reflect on how far the world has come since, and what we still have to accomplish.
"Racism runs counter to Canadian values-the very values the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces serve to defend, promote, and uphold. Today, Defence Team events and activities across the country commemorate the progress that has been made within Canada and throughout the world to eliminate racism.
"The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces embrace and respect diversity as fundamental to achieving mission success at home and abroad. As we recognize historical milestones made over the decades, we also recognize that effort is still required to achieve the goal of a society free from racism."