On March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, police killed 69 people who were peacefully demonstrating against pass laws. Pass laws were legislated by the government of South Africa to segregate the white and non-white citizens by regulating the movement of black Africans in urban areas. The pass laws were a dominant feature of the country’s apartheid system.
The United Nations proclaimed the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 1966.
Every year, the Province of British Columbia recognizes and proclaims March 21 as a day where communities can come together in an effort to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
Every year, the third week of November in British Columbia is proclaimed as Multiculturalism Week. This year, to help celebrate and acknowledge multiculturalism in British Columbia, EmbraceBC is hosted an interactive public art installation at Robson Square in Vancouver from November 18-24, 2012.
This installation took the form of a Maple Tree that symbolized how as British Columbians we each have strong cultural roots that are wide spread, but which come together as a beautiful, unified icon at the surface. People will be encouraged to think about and share how they live multiculturalism in their daily lives, at home, at work, or at school, and record their thoughts on colourful leaves that will be added to the tree branches to make the tree blossom throughout the week.
At the end of the week the tree was planted in Stanley Park and a living monument to multiculturalism in British Columbia.
VICTORIA - Two unique B.C. programs were honoured at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Awards of Excellence in Halifax last week for their work in promoting multiculturalism and challenging racism.
EmbraceBC supports diverse groups and sectors in promoting multiculturalism and addressing racism. EmbraceBC seeks to inspire community members, residents and leaders to welcome, accept and embrace difference on both personal and institutional levels.