Statement by Premier Dennis King on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Hon. Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement.: 

“International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21 to recognize the injustices and prejudices fueled by racial discrimination. This important day commemorates a 1960 event when police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass laws. 

The Government of PEI is committed to fighting racial discrimination. The Anti-Racism Office and the Public Service Commission are working together on initiatives related to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, including updating the harassment policy to create a workplace and community free from racial discrimination. 

I also want to recognize the amazing and inspiring work being done in communities by Islanders and organizations to address racism and create change. Through the Anti-Racism Grants and Anti-Racism Microgrants offered by government, individuals, groups and organizations have been implementing Anti-Racism activities that benefit and impact racialized and Indigenous communities throughout Prince Edward Island.  

It is important that we appreciate our Island’s diversity and we understand that racial discrimination of any kind negatively impacts us all."

For more information, visit: Anti-Racism Office.

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