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“…By taking action to combat racism and multiple forms of discrimination, municipalities are able to build respectful, inclusive and safe societies where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the economic, social, cultural, recreational and political life of the community.” -—Call for CCMARD, 2005
The Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) is one of the seven coalitions that compose the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism.
The coalition, launched in March 2004 by UNESCO, consists of networks of cities interested in sharing their experiences to improve their policies against racism, discrimination, exclusion and intolerance.
CCMARD is based on a common desire among municipalities to achieve two key goals:
Why get municipalities involved?
How do municipalities benefit?
By investing time and resources to create more inclusive communities, municipalities may see:
What do municipalities do?
Participating municipalities rely on Ten Common Commitments to achieve their goals. The commitments relate to the municipality as a guardian of public interest; the municipality as an organization in the fulfillment of human rights; and the municipality as a community that shares responsibility for respecting and promoting human rights and diversity.
Key initiatives include partnerships; engaging community stakeholders at all stages; and access to a national and international network of cities interested in acting on anti-racism and anti-discrimination policies locally.
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