B.C. Greens statement on the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2017

VICTORIA B.C. - Today the B.C. Green Party recognizes the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We believe in building an inclusive society, where everyone can participate in our democracy and work together to ensure all people have a fundamental right to health, wellbeing and freedom.

“In light of recent bomb threats against the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver, a rise in anti-semitism and islamophobia, continued discrimination faced by indigenous people and in particular violence against indigenous women, we are reminded that we need to remain vigilant in combatting racism and prejudice in British Columbia,” said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party. “The BC Green Party will continue to work with all British Columbians to build a more inclusive and equitable society for all.”

The B.C. Greens continue to push for avenues for people to address racial bias, discrimination and violence through the reinstatement of the B.C. Human Rights Commission. A Green government would also commit to adopting all of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in order to address historic discrimination against indigenous peoples.

“There can be no democracy without inclusion,” added Dr. Michael Markwick, B.C. Greens candidate (West Vancouver-Capilano) and Spokesperson for Democratic Security and Human Rights. “Without a BC Human Rights Commission and the full adoption of the TRC recommendations, the health of our democracy is compromised. B.C. must be a community where everyone is respected in their diversity and I’m proud to be running with a party that recognizes that as a core value.”

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