We Are All Treaty People

Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • Published - 21/03/2024
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  • Posted By - OTC
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March 21 is a day to recommit to making change and to working towards the elimination of all forms of racism. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a chance to look at the gaps in the implementation of a shared commitment to make the future better.

In Canada, like many places in the world, we see that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance continue to be a cause of conflict. There has been a rocky relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Issues surrounding the failure of full Treaty implementation, limiting of land rights, socio-economic impacts, stereotyping, and mistrust have led to a place where we see messages of hate spread online, violence in front of us and to us, along with the existing, and systematic discrimination.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner invites individuals to join us by investing in true Reconciliation and relationship building, while having zero tolerance for any form of discrimination.

Education is a powerful tool in dismantling prejudice and fostering understanding. By equipping individuals with the knowledge of historical injustices and the spirit and intent of Treaty, we empower people to be a part of reconciliation.

So, learn more, book a speaker for your event, or attend an event hosted by others.

It is important for each of us to amplify marginalized voices, challenge discriminatory practices, and advocate for system changes. By standing in solidarity against racism, discrimination, and xenophobia, we uphold the rights of every individual and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.

We believe that if we can come together on a common vision for success, that we can better work together, and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. One where everyone is equal and not judged on how they look, what their last name is, or where they are from.