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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Opportunities for Action


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, observed annually on March 21, commemorates the day that police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass laws in 1960.

This enlightening event presents different multi-faceted perspectives on combatting racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Speakers from various racialized and Indigenous backgrounds will highlight the opportunities for action, showing how public servants can work together, across their networks and communities, to continue eliminating racism and intolerance.

Through a panel discussion, participants will learn what they can do, individually and collectively, to combat racial discrimination in their workplace and communities, and advance the Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service.

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Event Series and Anti‑Racism Learning Series.


  • Adam Moscoe, Economist, Financial Services Division, Finance Canada
  • Stan Decayette, Union/Labour Relations Advisor, Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC)
  • Adam Gilani, Counsel, Ontario Regional Office, National Litigation Sector, Department of Justice
  • Rachna Juneja, Assistant Director, Character Leadership Division, Leadership and Learning Directorate, Human Resources Branch, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Melody Shute, Regional Indigenous Affairs Advisor (she/her), Northern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency


Grégoire Laforce, Advisor, Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, Canada School of Public Service

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