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March 21, 2014

STATEMENT FROM MULTICULTURALISM AND LITERACY MINISTER FLOR MARCELINO ON OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION



Today we celebrate equality and diversity.  We stand together in opposing racism in all its forms as we mark March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  As individuals, families and communities, we must never lose sight of the message this day brings us:  human rights belong to everyone.

Last year, Manitoba schools were given more tools to fight bullying and cyber-bullying when Bill 18, the Safe and Inclusive Schools Act, was officially proclaimed into law.  As a government, we believe Bill 18 will help protect our children from bullying, which can include racism and discrimination, by helping them appreciate our diversity. 

Manitoba accepts and respects people of all faiths and cultures.  We are recognized as being at the forefront of successful multiculturalism policy and programming.  Our multicultural society gives our province and our country an excitement and vibrancy like no other place in the world.  This is an accomplishment we can all take great pride in today and every day.  With over 250 different ethnocultural community organizations, more than 148 languages spoken and over 150 different countries represented, Manitoba continues to demonstrate its commitment to preserve and share our unique cultures with one another.

Once again, the Manitoba government is proud to support the fourth annual Human Rights Film Festival, hosted by the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.  Featuring a variety of films and activities that address human rights concerns and issues about racism and social inequality, the festival aims to draw attention to issues and promote discussion, interaction and community connections.  The festival kicked off yesterday wraps up tomorrow. 

Manitoba’s diverse ethnocultural communities host various events throughout the year that showcase our province’s multicultural mosaic and provide Manitobans with opportunities to build cross-cultural connections and understanding.

You can view a calendar of these and other events, including the Multiculturalism Secretariat’s Ethnocultural Community Support Program, by visiting the Multiculturalism Secretariat webpage at www.gov.mb.ca/immigration/multiculturalism/events.html

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