Recognizing the International Decade for People of African Descent

On January 30, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada would officially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent. The Decade was proclaimed in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly. It provides a framework for state and non-state actors to join people of African descent and take measures towards the objectives of the International Decade, including promoting respect, protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, and encouraging a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture, and contributions of these communities to society around the world.

Several Government of Canada initiatives contribute to these objectives:

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