CNC marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    • All Campuses
  • March 21, 2024

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We are committed to fostering diversity and belonging while standing against racism and racial discrimination. Please join us in this important work, which can take many forms.

March 21st was chosen because it commemorates the day that police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960.i

The UN’s comment on importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is very clear: “Racial discrimination and the legacies of slavery and colonialism continue to destroy lives and curtail opportunities, preventing billions of people from enjoying their full human rights and freedoms.”ii

In communities CNC serves, colonialism has created a troubling legacy of racism and discrimination that continues to impact the First Peoples on whose territories many of us are settlers. It is so important for us to learn about and take part in events and activities that foster the rich culture of the First Peoples in the region CNC serves, and continuously work to understand the true history of Canada.


Ending racial discrimination is part of creating a healthy and welcoming environment at CNC, whether one is joining us from the region we serve or from elsewhere around the world. Our actions here can act as a beacon of hope for people in the communities we serve who continue to face discrimination.

We can all take steps that include but are not limited to re-assessing our individual beliefs and values, learning more about the injustices and prejudices facing groups and individuals, and taking part in activities to promote understanding and inclusion.

Thank you to the CNC Students Union for hosting a CNCSU Talks session at the Prince George Campus lecture theatre (1-306) today that is open to all members of the college community. They are hoping to create inclusive conversations and foster positive relationships for people of any background. Attendance is free, although registration is requested. The event will run from noon until 3pm.

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