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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(third Monday in January each year)
Black History Month
Celebrate the contributions of the Black community to our country, province and community.
February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
March 8 – International Women’s Day
Celebrate the progress made in the rights of women
March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Raise awareness of racism.
March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
March 31 – Transgender Day of Visibility
April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
April 11 – Day of Pink: the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny
April 12 – Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 3 – World Press Freedom Day
May 17 – Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia
is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
National Indigenous History Month
June 20 – World Refugee Day
June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day
August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
August 12 – International Youth Day
August 27 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Raise awareness of the needs and concerns of disabled people.
December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 10 – Human Rights Day
Celebrate and educate about human rights and fundamental freedoms by hosting an event, undertaking an activity or taking action.
December 18 – International Migrants Day