Racism Still Plagues Canada



    AFL marks International Day for Elimination of Racism

    EDMONTON, March 21 /CNW/ - Canadians should not be too quick to
congratulate ourselves on our tolerant, multi-cultural society, says the
Alberta Federation of Labour today.
    "Since 9-11, incidents of racism, discrimination and racial profiling
have been on the rise in Canada," says AFL President Gil McGowan. And here in
Alberta the influx of foreign workers is sparking ugly incidents of racism and
prejudice.
    "We should not be too self-congratulatory. We have a lot of work to do as
Canadians to eliminate racism."
    McGowan points to the fact that temporary foreign workers often find
themselves exploited and discriminated against, due in large part to their
social isolation, possible language barriers and their dependence upon a
single employer.
    "The Alberta government needs to do more to serve foreign workers to
protect their human rights, prevent exploitation and ensure they are treated
fairly when they come to our province."
    Forty-one years ago, the United Nations declared that March 21 would be
the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date
was chosen to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre, when in 1960 South African
police shot and killed 69 people who were peacefully demonstrating against the
apartheid regime.
    "We must never forget where untempered racial prejudice can lead. We must
all remain vigilant against racism, and work to create a society based on
justice, peace and harmony," McGowan concluded.





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For further information: Gil McGowan, Bus: (780) 483-3021, Cell: (780)
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