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Red Deer marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 11, 2016 9:00 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer is the site for two events hosted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 – a day set aside to refocus collective action against racism and build cohesion.

The Red Deer Living Together Symposium, to be held at Westerner Park on March 23, is part of a series of cross-country events designed to build a deeper understanding of reconciliation, religious accommodation, multiculturalism and Canadian values.

“We invite the public to join us in conversation about topics including reconciliation and immigration,” said Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF. “As Red Deer opens its doors to newcomers, we must engage in timely discussions regarding the building of welcoming and inclusive communities.”

The event will bring together faith and community leaders, academics and diversity champions to discuss how Red Deer and Canada can work towards building diverse and inclusive communities. It will be held in partnership with the City of Red Deer and an advisory group from some of the Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network including Central Alberta Refugee Effort, John Howard Society Red Deer and Catholic Social Services – Immigration and Settlement. 

The CRRF will also host the Our Canada Workshop at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on March 22. The workshop is part of a cross-Canada series bringing diversity and inclusion champions in conversation about faith-based issues and new situations that have emerged with the growth of Canadian multiculturalism.

“The City of Red Deer is a participant of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination, and we have a vision of being a ‘vibrant, healthy and diverse organization that supports a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels safe and can fully participate in community life,’” said Tymmarah Zehr, The City of Red Deer’s HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion, who will moderate the symposium. “Engagement opportunities and events with the CRRF are important because we all have a responsibility to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive society.”

The CRRF is a Crown Corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racial discrimination.

For more information or to register for these free events visit the  page.

Anita Bromberg
Executive Director

Tymmarah Zehr
HR Specialist – Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Red Deer

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