Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and there will be an event in Grande Prairie to celebrate it.
“This is a day that has been marked by the United Nations to be celebrated every year throughout the world. This is the third time the City of Grande Prairie is observing it, and we plan to have it every year… it’s a very important day,” explained Augustine Ebinu, Coordinator of the Grande Prairie Local Immigration Partnership.
Ebinu went on to talk about the cultural diversity in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area.
“You look around now and you find immigrants from Africa, from Asia, from Europe, mostly Europe including Western Europe, and from South America. It is very much diverse, and I think that is a very good thing,” said Ebinu, who has lived in Grande Prairie for 16 years.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination takes place on March 21 each year to remember the 69 people killed by police when demonstrating peacefully in Sharpeville, South Africa against apartheid laws.
It goes at the Montrose Cultural Centre from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and is free. There will be food and entertainment as well.
Mayor Bill Given will give a proclamation around 5:00 p.m.