Media Release: Being an Ally – Town of Stratford and PEIANC Partner to Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2018

        

March 16, 2018

Being an Ally – Town of Stratford and PEIANC Partner to Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2018

Stratford, PE – On Wednesday, March 21st, the Town of Stratford and PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada are partnering on an event recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD). For the first time these well-established collaborators are jointly hosting this event that focusses on families.

“The Town has proudly been hosting an event annually on March 21st for a number of years”, explained Stratford Mayor David Dunphy. “Both PEIANC and the Town have been holding separate events and this year we are pleased to have them as our partner for one joint event in Stratford. The theme this year is ‘being an ally’. We will provide an opportunity for families to share in learning and discussion on the topic, and to create their own anti-racism pledge. We hope attendees will leave with a better understanding of what this day means, and why it is important to recognize it each year.”

The schedule includes a light supper as attendees arrive between 5:30 and 6:00pm, followed by interactive activities to open dialogue between families and individuals about what it means to be an ally. Following the activity, presentations will be made to the recipients of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Youth Anti-Racism Challenge.

All residents, not only families, are invited to attend this free event on Wednesday, March 21st at Stratford Town Centre.

Craig Mackie, Executive Director of PEIANC says, “The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s 2018 theme is ‘promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.’ This calls on us to be allies in the struggle against racism. This is at the heart of the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who created this day in 1966. PEIANC is proud to stand with the Town of Stratford to create awareness and to build strong, inclusive communities on PEI.”

The Town of Stratford is a welcoming and inclusive community that values racial harmony and cultural diversity among its residents. Stratford has been a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) since July of 2007, and is the only participating municipality on PEI. The Town marks this day annually with an event to celebrate its commitment to bringing together residents from all backgrounds to learn from one another and grow as a community.

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) was incorporated in as a non-profit charitable organization in 1993 and henceforth has worked to make PEI a more culturally and racially inclusive place. The Association’s mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants and refugees on PEI, many of which are visible minorities. PEIANC asks everyone to use the hashtags #PEIAgainstRacism, #StandUp4HumanRights, and #IDERD to share the event and to show solidarity with those oppressed by racism.

 

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Media Contacts:
Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T:  (902) 569-6921
E:  wwatts@townofstratford.ca

Dani MacDonald, Information Officer
PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
T: (902) 628-6009 ext. 229
E: dani@peianc.com

 

Media Release: Being an Ally – Town of Stratford and PEIANC Partner to Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2018

        

March 16, 2018

Being an Ally – Town of Stratford and PEIANC Partner to Mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2018

Stratford, PE – On Wednesday, March 21st, the Town of Stratford and PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada are partnering on an event recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD). For the first time these well-established collaborators are jointly hosting this event that focusses on families.

“The Town has proudly been hosting an event annually on March 21st for a number of years”, explained Stratford Mayor David Dunphy. “Both PEIANC and the Town have been holding separate events and this year we are pleased to have them as our partner for one joint event in Stratford. The theme this year is ‘being an ally’. We will provide an opportunity for families to share in learning and discussion on the topic, and to create their own anti-racism pledge. We hope attendees will leave with a better understanding of what this day means, and why it is important to recognize it each year.”

The schedule includes a light supper as attendees arrive between 5:30 and 6:00pm, followed by interactive activities to open dialogue between families and individuals about what it means to be an ally. Following the activity, presentations will be made to the recipients of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Youth Anti-Racism Challenge.

All residents, not only families, are invited to attend this free event on Wednesday, March 21st at Stratford Town Centre.

Craig Mackie, Executive Director of PEIANC says, “The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s 2018 theme is ‘promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.’ This calls on us to be allies in the struggle against racism. This is at the heart of the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who created this day in 1966. PEIANC is proud to stand with the Town of Stratford to create awareness and to build strong, inclusive communities on PEI.”

The Town of Stratford is a welcoming and inclusive community that values racial harmony and cultural diversity among its residents. Stratford has been a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) since July of 2007, and is the only participating municipality on PEI. The Town marks this day annually with an event to celebrate its commitment to bringing together residents from all backgrounds to learn from one another and grow as a community.

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) was incorporated in as a non-profit charitable organization in 1993 and henceforth has worked to make PEI a more culturally and racially inclusive place. The Association’s mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants and refugees on PEI, many of which are visible minorities. PEIANC asks everyone to use the hashtags #PEIAgainstRacism, #StandUp4HumanRights, and #IDERD to share the event and to show solidarity with those oppressed by racism.

 

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Media Contacts:
Wendy Watts, Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
T:  (902) 569-6921
E:  wwatts@townofstratford.ca

Dani MacDonald, Information Officer
PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
T: (902) 628-6009 ext. 229
E: dani@peianc.com

 

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