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Back to listApr 3, 2011

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

SGI-Canada member (middle) with Detective Constable Don Yirenkyi SGI-Canada member (middle) with Detective Constable Don Yirenkyi from the York Regional Police

On April 3, SGI-Canada participated in an event at Milliken Mills High School in Ontario to commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The event, which was organized by the York Regional Police, was a celebration of diversity within the community and symbolized a reaffirmation of the commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

This marks the fourth year of SGI-Canada's participation in the event, this time with SGI organizing a showing of the joint Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change."

SGI members were on hand to explain the exhibition's vision of sustainable living and underlying philosophy--that individuals have the power to initiate positive change and the importance of dialogue in achieving peace and harmony.

The diversity of the community was reflected by the participation of many different cultural and religious groups, who set up displays. The event also included various types of dance and musical performances.

[Adapted from an article in the May 2011 issue of SGI Canada Online News, SGI-Canada; photo courtesy of SGI-Canada]