WORLD HERITAGE AND INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY DAYS*

 

January

18-25          Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

27               United Nations International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

 
February

Black History Month

1-7              World Interfaith Harmony Week 

20              World Day of Social Justice 

 

 

March

21               International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

21-27         Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Discrimination

April

Arab Heritage Month (Arab-America)

22              Earth Day United Nations2

May

Asian Heritage Month (Canadian Government)

Haitian Heritage Month3

21                World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

 

 

June

Canadian Indigenous History Month

20              World Refugee Day 

21               Treaty Day/National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)

July

(We currently have no relevant dates listed for July)

August

9                International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

23              International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

 

 

September

Hispanic Heritage Month (United States)

30              Orange Shirt Day (honouring Indigenous Peoples who were sent to residential schools - Canada) 

 

 

October

Mi’kmaq History Month (Nova Scotia) 

1                 Treaty Day (Nova Scotia) 

2                International Day of Non-Violence 

4                Sisters In Spirit (Canadian Day for Remembering Missing and Murdered Women and Girls) 

17               International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

 

 

November

16               International Day of Tolerance United Nations

 

 

December

2                 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery  

18                International Migrants Day United Nations

 
 
 
 

*Notes on Heritage Days

  • It is acknowledged that this list is by no means exhaustive. It is simply offered as a place to start.
     

  • Most “International Days of” are United Nations declarations.
     

  • There are number of nationality “Heritage Months” out there (and it’s sometimes difficult to say who has declared it to be such): Irish, Italian, German, etc. However, the above dates have been chosen in relation to the populations that would be considered "racialized people" within the North American (Canadian) context.
     

  • Last updated March 6, 2020 

  1. Note that there are multiple commemorations of this tragedy, some with moveable dates. The UN day is included here since it is consistently on this date.
     

  2. The emphasis is certainly environmental. We include it here for consideration of a much broader definition of "Earth" to include racial diversity and health.
     

  3. No national or international group outside of Haiti seems to have adopted this; however, it is recognized locally in American cities and counties withsignificant Haitian populations (e.g. Miami Beach, Florida)