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OPPI Recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 21, the International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination, OPPI acknowledges the call to action to work to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, injustice, systemic racism and hate. The 2023 United Nation’s theme focuses on the urgency of combatting racism and racial discrimination, 75 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

While much progress has been made, Indigenous peoples, and racialized and religious minority communities in Canada continue to face racism and discrimination. This day serves as a call to recommit to our collective and individual efforts, and ensure all people are respected and have equal access and opportunity to be safe and to succeed.

OPPI encourages our members to consider the role of planners in fighting racism and racial discrimination and upholding human rights, including familiarizing themselves with human rights and human rights issues in their community.


Below we have included a list of different resources to support our members, allied professionals, and the public on this reflection and call to action:
  • Call it Out: a 30-minute interactive eCourse that offers a foundation for learning about race, racial discrimination and human rights protections under Ontario's Human Rights Code.
  • Anti-racism and anti-discrimination for municipalities: This “how-to” guide gives municipalities directions on how they can start or improve anti-racism and anti-discrimination initiatives.
  • Y Magazine - Winter 2022 Issue: Embedding the principle of “Do No Harm” into planning practice