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SGI-Canada Participates in International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

090328x_ontario_hr.jpg SGI-Canada members with Chief of Police Armand P. La Barge (third from right)

Since 1966, the United Nations has designated March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, on March 28, 2009, SGI-Canada joined numerous cultural, religious and ethnic groups to commemorate the day, in an event entitled "Racism. Stop It!" and organized by the York Regional Police at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham, Ontario. This is the second year that SGI-Canada has participated in the grassroots activity which raises awareness of the need to recognize and counteract prejudice and helps build hope, trust and friendship. SGI's "Seeds of Change" exhibition on sustainable development was on display at the event. The exhibition introduces the Earth Charter's holistic vision which brings together caring for the community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, democracy, non-violence and peace.

[Adapted from an article in the April 2009 Issue of SGI Canada Online News, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]