Manitoba Celebrating International Day to End Racial Discrimination

WINNIPEG — The world is marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) on Saturday.

Manitoba’s Multiculturalism and Literacy Minister, Flor Marcelino, says the province will join fellow Canadians in celebrating the occasion.

“We are fortunate to live in a province that welcomes and respects people of all faiths and cultures,” Marcelino said. “Our cultural diversity is a source of great pride, but this day reminds us there is always more we can do to promote acceptance, equality and racial harmony.”

Manitoba has more than 250 ethno-cultural community organizations, with more than 148 languages spoken and over 150 countries represented.

The Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties will host the fifth annual Human Rights Film Festival today and Saturday at the Garrick Theatre. The festival showcases films and presentations that address human rights, social inequality and discrimination. Admission is free and open to the public.