The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the UN General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.


Every year the students of colour collective has put on an event surrounding M21. This has taken many forms from 1day to 5day event, from panels, speakers, workshops, performances, films and much more. The intent is to highlight and critically engage in conversation around but not limited to racism, racial discrimination and how it intersects with the institution, class, sexuality, ability and gender. Our intention this year is  to open and create spaces for dialogue across students, profs, admin, staff, facilities and the Victoria community and to recognize the integration of other learning and knowledge sharing practices. 

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