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Statement from the Minister of National Defence on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan issued the following statement:
“I invite all Canadians to join me in commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
“In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, and the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize and support this very important day.
“In Canada, regrettably, racism still haunts us. Within the CAF and DND, it has always been our aim to embrace and reflect the diversity of this country. We have come a long way, but we know we still have more to do.
“Our personnel policies and training, as well as our education and awareness initiatives, come from a sincere desire to celebrate what makes each of us different. It is a core value that we treat each other with fairness, respect, and dignity.
“In a changing world, we will strengthen policies and develop new strategies to ensure that the Defence community continues to be a welcoming environment for all who wish to serve. Together we will make this an institution of which all CAF personnel and all Canadians may be proud.”
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For more information, please visit International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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