On March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, a peaceful protest against Apartheid came to a tragic end when police opened fire, killing 69 people and wounding many others.
In 1966, to commemorate this tragic event and to encourage and promote harmonious race relations, the United Nations declared March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, the March 21 Planning Committee will be holding a morning event from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Hotel Fort Garry for federal public servants in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year our keynote speaker will be Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Provencher Room, Hotel Fort Garry, 222 Broadway
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Registration at 8:45 a.m.)
Admission: "Tin for the Bin" (non-perishable food item for Winnipeg Harvest)
RSVP by March 12, 2012 via e-mail under subject line M21. Please include with your e-mail:
- Your name and where you work
- Interpretation and accomodation needs
Guests in order of appearance:
Ian Gerbrandt, Managing Director, Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council
Ruben Garang, volunteer, Winnipeg Harvest
Entertainment by the Asham Stompers
Key note speaker: The Honourable Philip S Lee, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
This event is organized by the March 21 Committee, which was formed in 2002 and is comprised of representatives from various federal government departments, as well as employees of the Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and community groups.