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Joint statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Premier John Horgan and Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, have released the following statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

“Today, British Columbians join people around the world as we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and honour the strength, courage and perseverance of people in B.C., Canada and around the world who experience and confront racism every day.

“The devastating acts of terrorism in New Zealand remind us that we must stand together against racism, white supremacy and Islamophobia that are being used by cowardly people as tools for political gain.

“While we celebrate the values of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect, we strongly condemn the deeply troubling rise of hatred, nationalist populism and extreme racist ideologies around the globe.

“Today, and every day, we will use our voices and platforms to speak out against racism, prejudice and intolerance. By acknowledging and confronting our own privileges and biases, we can learn to see the world from a different perspective than our own and begin to understand the experiences of others.

“Our government is taking action to make sure everyone in B.C. is treated with dignity and respect. We are in the process of appointing a new human rights commissioner to protect and promote human rights, and create a more inclusive and just society for all British Columbians.

“We also updated the Multiculturalism Grants program to support organizations that are working to improve intercultural interactions, reduce barriers and eliminate discrimination, alongside our Organizing Against Racism and Hate program.

“We are proud of the diverse and inclusive province we are so lucky to live in. Together, we must fight for a better world. Only with love can we stop hate. Only with compassion can we understand that we are all the same.

“Our government will always stand up for equality, defend human rights and work every day to make B.C. a better place for everyone who lives here.”

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