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Race Relations Month

Since 1990, Saskatoon City Council has proclaimed March Race Relations Month. The month includes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) which the City marks with the presentation of the annual Living in Harmony Awards. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21st in commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre (March 21, 1960) where police officers opened fire on a crowd of Black people. The crowd had assembled in Sharpeville, a Black township in South Africa, in order to partake in a peaceful demonstration against Apartheid "pass laws".

Several activities are planned for the month of March in recognition of cultural diversity and race relations.


2022 Race Relations Month Calendar

March 1, 2022

Flag Raising & Release of Proclamation Video

The City officially proclaims March Race Relations Month with the release of this Proclamation Video and by raising the Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Flag in Civic Square (area beside City Hall off 23rd Street East). The flag remains up March 1-7.

March 4, 2022

Living in Harmony Awards Nomination Deadline

This is the last day to submit a nomination for an individual, organization, student, class, or school for contributing to the elimination of racial discrimination.

March 21, 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination / Presentation of Living in Harmony Awards

To mark this date, members of the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee present the annual Living in Harmony Awards. These awards recognize local organizations, individuals, and students for their efforts in promoting intercultural harmony. A PSA announcing the winners will be posted here.


2022 Proclamation Video

In order to recognize the occasion while keeping everyone safe, the City released a video in lieu of hosting an in-person proclamation or opening ceremony event. The proclamation video includes remarks from:

  • His Worship, Mayor Charlie Clark
  • Namarta Kochar, Chair of the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (originally called the Race Relations Committee) was established in 1989. This committee is one way the City of Saskatoon demonstrates its commitment to the citizens of Saskatoon to create an inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, respected, and can live without facing racism or discrimination.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee presents Living in Harmony Awards to recognize local organizations, individuals, and students for their efforts in promoting intercultural harmony. The winners are announced annually in the month of March.