World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. […]

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. […]

Black History Month

The PPWC is acknowledging the contribution of Black Canadians to our society. This multi-part series will start with an overview of Black History in Canada, and how the celebration came to be in the late 20th century. During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their […]

BC Family Day

BC Family Day is a provincial statutory holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February that gives families the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8, an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards achieving gender equality and celebrate the acts of courage and determination by individuals who have played an extraordinary role in advancing gender equality in their communities. The beginnings of International Women's Day (IWD) trace back to the early twentieth century, […]

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The UN General Assembly resolution 2142 (XXI), adopted on 26 October 1966, proclaimed 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be commemorated annually. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming […]

Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time, in the United States, on April 22, 1970. Today, more than a billion people in 193 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year. Over the years, Earth Day has become the world’s largest environmental movement. In 1990, the creation of the organization in France and […]

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