March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 14, 2023
Each year on March 21, we join with unions, human rights activists and organizations worldwide in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD.)
On this day in 1960, police in Sharpeville, South Africa killed 69 people participating in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid. In 1966, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, to commemorate this tragedy and further the global fight to end all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
The knowledge, compassion and determination of nurses and health-care professionals make them leaders and role models in their communities. They lead by example and stand up for the human rights of their patients, clients and coworkers, when they recognize and speak out against racial discrimination and intolerance.
We stand against racism, racial discrimination and intolerance. We stand for unity, inclusion and respect for diversity.
We encourage ONA members, family, and friends to join us in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by participating in events in your community.
- ONA - Human Rights and Equity
- ONA - Human Rights and Equity Caucus
- United Nations - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- Canadian Race Relations Foundation
- Ontario Federation of Labour - Anti-Racism Resource List
- United Nations - TOGETHER campaign
- Expert Q&A on anti-Asian racism during pandemic - University of Victoria
- Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat
- Ontario Human Rights Commission
Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
In ONA’s Anti-Racism Member Advisory Team and ONA’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Working Group launched a series of resources to continue to bring awareness to current issues impacting those who are Indigenous, Black, Racialized and members of historically marginalized communities.
Visit our Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression page for the latest news and resources, including our Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Action Plan.