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.
In 1995, the Government of Canada officially declared February Black History Month throughout the country. Since then, throughout the month of February, we recognize the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians, and reflect on the issues and difficulties that continue to be faced today within the Black community.
On March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we will unite within our union and around the world to stand up against racism and reaffirm our dedication to equal rights for everyone.
Each year throughout February, Canadians explore and learn about the history of our Black Brothers and Sisters in honour of Black History Month – an annual, month-long observation to promote awareness to the general public.