Message from the Governor General on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

OTTAWA, March 21, 2017 /CNW/ - On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, I am proud to highlight Canada's enduring commitment to tolerance and inclusivity.

As the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples reminds us, "Canada is a test case for a grand notion – the notion that dissimilar peoples can share lands, resources, power and dreams while respecting and sustaining their differences. The story of Canada is the story of many such peoples, trying and failing and trying again, to live together in peace and harmony."

We must continue to take action, every day, to combat all forms of injustice and racial discrimination. We can and we must do better. A country's diversity adds to the richness of its society, leading to a better understanding of others. United in difference, we are so much stronger.

Let us take this opportunity to celebrate our achievements and find solutions to the many challenges that remain in our efforts to overcome racial discrimination. It is incumbent upon us to make our country a place for sharing and reflection, a place where everyone can live in harmony and respect.

David Johnston

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SOURCE Governor General of Canada

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