CASHRA - The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies

Important Dates

Important International and Canadian Human Rights Dates.

These dates are an opportunity to understand more about the history of the development of the human rights we all enjoy in Canada.  The United Nations designates international days to focus the world on the issues in which the UN has an interest and commitment. The following are some of the dates that are recognized here in Canada.

January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Honour Holocaust victims and educate to prevent future acts of genocide.
http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance/emainpage.shtml

February

Black History Month
Celebrate the contributions of the Black community to our country, province and community.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/index.asp

March 8

International Women's Day
Celebrate the progress made in the rights of women
http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/un_days/women1.asp

March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Raise awareness of racism.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/march21/index.asp

April 17

Equality Day
Celebrate the anniversary of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that provides for equality.
http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/canada/frdm-eng.cfm

May 17

International Day Against Homophobia
is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
www.homophobiaday.org

May

Asian Heritage Month
Celebrate the contributions of the Asian community to our country, province and community.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/asian/index.asp

June 21

National Aboriginal Day
http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/11/jna-nad-eng.cfm

June 27

Multiculturalism Day
 http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/11/multi-eng.cfm

December 3

International Day of Disabled Persons
Raise awareness of the needs and concerns of disabled people.
http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/un_days/disabled1.asp

December 10

Human Rights Day
Celebrate and educate about human rights and fundamental freedoms by hosting an event, undertaking an activity or taking action.
http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/humanrights/index.html

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