Sunday, March 20, 2016

International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination: March 21, 2016

Dear ONA members,
I am writing to ask each of you to join me in marking the 2016 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Monday, March 21.
Each year on this date, ONA joins with individuals, labour unions and other organizations worldwide to recognize this day, first declared by the United Nations back in 1966. ONA prides itself in being a Union that is committed to being a leader in Human Rights and Equity issues.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is part of the global fight to end all forms of racism and racial discrimination. As a union, ONA is committed to a world of justice and equality for all.
As registered nurses and allied health professionals, we recognize that racialized communities in Canada are three times more likely to be poor than other Canadians due to inequities in access to education, barriers to employment and low wages. We know that socio-economic factors play a large role in our patients' health, and that our Aboriginal communities suffer from persistent health and income inequality.
Fifty years after the declaration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we as human beings and front-line health care providers have good reasons to continue to fight.
Please join us in taking time to mark this important day. I invite you all to take a moment to reflect on racial discrimination. There are also events planned around the province. To learn more, visit ONA's website ( which features more information, a downloadable poster for members and a list of events. Let's work to end racial discrimination for all.
Please remember to tell ONA if your Local has attended or arranged an event.
Let's end racial discrimination now.
In solidarity,
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN
ONA President