The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
News & Events
  • Print Preview
  • Print: 
  •  Send to Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  •  Send to Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Send to E-mail (Opens in a new window)
  • Share: 


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2015 

Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination   

OTTAWA—This year, the theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today.” 

I believe that education is one of the most effective tools against the prejudices that thrive on ignorance and hate, because none of us would want to see the horrors of the past repeated. History provides us with the valuable information we need to make informed choices as individuals and as a society. The successes and struggles of our parents and ancestors form the very basis of Canada’s continuing evolution. 

We have learned so much over time, and Canada’s position is clear: there will be no tolerance for any form of racial discrimination, xenophobia or rejection of others. We must therefore take a stand, on a daily basis, against the modern forms of slavery, oppression and discrimination to which so many individuals and populations are subjected. 

On this vitally important day, I invite all Canadians to be inspired by the courageous men and women who, in spite of the adversity and dangers they face, help to ensure dignity for all, freedom and peace in the world. 

David Johnston 


Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office


Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.