NB Government: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued by Nathalie Chiasson, chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is celebrated today:
In proclaiming this day in 1966, the United Nations committed the international community to stepping up efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. However, the toll of the tragic attacks perpetrated in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, bears witness to a rise in racist and extremist movements based on populist and nationalist ideologies. According to a recent study by Statistics Canada, the number of hate crimes increased 47 per cent in 2017, and those crimes were committed mainly against Muslim, Jewish and black people. Closer to home, in the past few weeks, the media have reported offensive acts against Indigenous hockey players at sporting events. There have also been reports on the limited representation of visible minorities among the directors of our organizations.
It is clear that, to stamp out racial discrimination, we need to educate ourselves further in order to understand that all human beings have equal rights and dignity. We all have a role to play in helping to identify and eradicate racism in all its forms, and we must remain united in the face of intolerance and hate so as not to impede the progress made by our communities.
Racism has a negative impact on the advancement of our society, especially in view of the sociodemographic changes occurring in our province. Newcomers who decide to settle here bring with them a contribution that can only benefit us by taking an active part in New Brunswick life and its development. Our leaders have an impact on policies and programs that value the richness of this diversity, but we must also work together to contribute to making our communities welcoming to all. Our province should be an example of inclusion, where the dignity and rights of all people are respected.
I encourage you to help make your community inclusive and welcoming so that it can develop and benefit from the contribution of all New Brunswickers. Let us ensure that intolerance and hate do not grow, and let us learn to live together.
For further information about the act or the commission, New Brunswickers may call 506-453-2301 or toll-free at 1-888-471-2233 within the province. TTY users may also reach the commission at 506-453-2911. People may also visit the commission’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benoît Locas, communications, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, 506-444-3059, email@example.com.