Action Week Against Racism - Montréal still playing an active role

    MONTREAL, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Marcel Tremblay, member of the
executive committee responsible for intercultural relations and citizen
relations, today took part in the launching of Action Week Against Racism.
Attending the ceremony were the Minister of Immigration and Cultural
Communities, Lise Thériault, officials of the Office franco-québécois pour la
jeunesse, Agence Québec-Wallonie Bruxelles pour la jeunesse, Conseil des
relations interculturelles, Tolerance Foundation, Images interculturelles and
several other Montréal organizations. The 8th edition of Action Week Against
Racism is held from March 15 to 25, 2007, with "The Workplace: A Racism-Free
Zone" as a theme.
    "Montréal is a city that is committed to fighting racism. Montrealers and
members of civil society must become involved in Action Week Against Racism,
to raise public awareness of the issue of discrimination. Finding solutions to
eliminate discrimination and racism is up to Montrealers as a community. That
is why it is so important that we take part in the city's democratic life,"
said Mr. Tremblay.
    Montréal is a cosmopolitan city and a city that is proud of its cultural
mosaic. Montréal is also a fine example of diversity in Québec, but faces many
challenges to ensure harmony among citizens of all ethnic backgrounds.
Montréal is home to 1.6 million people, more than 25% of whom were born
outside the country.
    The city administration has been a supporter of Action Week against
Racism for eight years, and has injected $10,000 in this year's event. Last
September, as part of a government draft policy, Montréal became a major
partner in the fight against racism and discrimination. The city
administration uses an action-oriented approach and prioritizes employment,
housing, inclusion for young people and a better living environment.
    Over the past few years, Montréal chose a framework for its actions
against racism and discrimination, including the 2004-2009 action plan as part
of the equal opportunity employment program, the Montréal Declaration for
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion (2004), Montréal Charter of Rights and
Responsibilities (2006). Also, last October, it joined the Canadian Coalition
of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination and the International
Coalition of Cities against Racism, under the aegis of UNESCO.

For further information:

For further information: Sophie Bensaid, Service des communications et
des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-8055; Source: Darren Becker,
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif, (514) 872-6412

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