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York police event marks Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day

The community is invited to the April 1 event featuring community booths, diverse musical and artistic performances, guest speakers
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will be celebrated this Saturday. File photo | Greg King for NewmarketToday

Celebrating the strength of our diversity is the theme this year as York Regional Police mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on April 1.

The event, held in partnership with the community, takes place at the Crystal Fountain in Markham at 60 McDowell Gate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

This event features community booths, diverse musical and artistic performances and guest speakers. The day is an opportunity for members of the community to join with police in a celebration of diversity and to collectively reaffirm a commitment to the eradication of prejudice and all forms of discrimination.

Artistic performances include the Biindigen Healing and Arts Sacred Spirit Dancers, Northern Legs Southern Fists, the Irish Dance Studio, Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto and Niro Dance Creations.

“York Regional Police is proud to be able to host this special cultural event in-person once again,” said Chief Jim MacSween in the release. “We are looking forward to connecting with members of our community during this celebration.”

In 1966, the United Nations declared March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, according to a YRP news release. The declaration was intended to increase awareness around the issues of racism and discrimination. Canada became one of the first countries to formally recognize the declaration when it proclaimed the day in 1989.

For more information, contact the York Regional Police special events unit by email or by phone at 905-717-8352.