Confronting racism— Day for the elimination of racial discrimination

The United Nations has made the theme for March 21, 2019: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.

Racially and religiously motivated attacks by White supremacists, national populists and racist extremist movements are on the rise in Canada and abroad. These groups have become more openly vocal and violent as demonstrated by the racially and religiously motivated attacks on mosques, such as in Christchurch in New Zealand, Quebec City, and more.  All around the world, including Canada, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee agendas are openly promoted by right wing political parties and there is a refusal to name and denounce these acts of hatred for what they are — racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic.