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Set aside March 21 to ending racism

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 21, 2014 - 1:34 PM |
Today is the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The day was proclaimed in 1966 when the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

The advisory committee to the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board on Racial and Multicultural Relations hosted its annual luncheon to recognize the day. Dignitaries gathered at the Caruso Club for the event.

Today, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is calling attention to the what it calls "rampant racial discrimination" still perpetuated against Aboriginal people, calling particular attention to the continued use of First NAtions imagery for sports teams.

ONWA calls the imagery "distasteful and negative."

“To popularize stereotypical imagery of Aboriginal culture is a very dangerous and damaging practice given the wide audiences to which the negative images are promoted and the young, impressionable age of many sports fans and participants,” explains Dr. Dawn Harvard, president, ONWA board of directors.

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