International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Members can take action:

  • Bargain. Negotiate employment equity language into your collective agreement. Contact the Human Rights branch for information at
  • Educate. Register for a union workshop that deals with anti-racism practices, dealing with harassment, discrimination or bullying. Invite someone to speak about anti-racism at your next union meeting.
  • Intervene. Educate yourself on the best ways to intervene to challenge racist actions and how best to support the person or group affected. Speak out against racist acts like jokes, slurs, graffiti or name-calling.
  • Challenge your workplace. Speak out about racist and discriminatory policies and practices in your workplace.
  • Challenge yourself. Consider how some of your own assumptions might be influenced by discrimination.
  • Tell us how you’re combatting racism and fighting for human rights at
  • Become an ally. An ally is someone who actively supports racialized groups facing challenges. Being in alliance helps strengthen relationships in the workplace.

Read more:

  • Read the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and explore how you can support the calls to action for reconciliation.
  • Review the preliminary report by the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent which addresses systemic racism faced by people of African descent across Canada.
  • Learn about the recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in its review of Canada.
  • Access anti-racism tools like CUPE National’s anti-racism brochure, Diversity, Our Strength