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Local Immigration Partnerships team up to encourage Allyship on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

​​Midhurst/March 13, 2023 – On March 21 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Local Immigration Partnerships in Simcoe, Grey-Bruce and Lanark and Renfrew Counties are jointly hosting an online panel discussion on Allyship to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Expert panelists will discuss what it means to be an ally and provide guidance on how to address racism in different environments. The discussion will be followed by a half-hour, open Q&A session.

The panel includes experts in diversity, equity and inclusion, community building, advocacy and changemaking. The discussion will be monitored by faculty from Georgian College. The event will also include information on the County of Simcoe’s #ITSTARTS campaign. Now in its seventh year, this annual campaign seeks to address racism and discrimination and promote a unified community through public education and social media engagement. More information on #ITSTARTS is available at

This panel discussion will be broadcast live on YouTube. A recording will also be posted on YouTube following the event. For anyone interested in actively participating in the live Q&A session, pre-registration is required to access the Zoom link.


Allyship – #ITSTARTS with me!


To watch the live or recorded session: watch live and participate in the Q&A session, pre-register to receive the Zoom link


Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


If you would like to actively participate in the Q&A session, please pre-register online or by emailing

About International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21

The UN General Assembly first proclaimed March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 1979. It is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. Pass laws required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook everywhere they went, severely restricting and controlling travel, and dictating when, where and for how long black South Africans could stay within white areas. For more information on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, visit

About County of Simcoe

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

About Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs)

The federal government provides funding for Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP) across Canada, including 36 LIPs in Ontario. LIPs bring together service providers, settlement agencies, community groups, employers and other key organizations across a municipality to create welcoming communities for newcomers. Allyship is key to establishing inclusive communities. LIPs work hard to break down barriers, elevate newcomers’ voices, and develop and strengthen supports for immigrants. 

For more information on LIPs, visit Local Immigration Partnership page (Simcoe County), (Lanark & Renfrew Counties), & Bruce Counties).

About Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) – Lanark & Renfrew

A key principle of LIP’s work is developing relationships and linkages between like-minded organizations to encourage collaboration that builds on the strengths of multiple partners. LIP-Lanark & Renfrew works with partners across the 28 municipalities and cities in Lanark and Renfrew Counties. The work of LIP-Lanark & Renfrew is administered by Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus.

About the Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership (GBLIP)

In 2020, Grey and Bruce Counties received funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to administer the GBLIP – a collaborative community initiative designed to fill critical gaps in the local labour force by improving the successful integration of newcomers. The GBLIP works at the local level to foster a sense of belonging and supports various stakeholders in building their capacity, raising awareness of the needs of newcomers, and supporting community-level research and planning. Learn more about GBLIP at

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)