Canada Braced for a UN Scolding over 'Visible Minorities'

UN Headquarters

By Steven Edwards,, 5 July 2011

UNITED NATIONS — Canada faces a new grilling before a United Nations anti-racism watchdog — but will defy the Geneva-based body over the question the government's use of the term "visible minorities."
A delegation to be led by Citizenship and Immigration Canada will tell the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that Canada considers the term to be appropriate. The committee signalled when it grilled Canada four years ago that the government was being racist by using the term.
Obliged to respond, the government had academics research the term's history nationally and internationally, held an open workshop to gather more input, and canvassed provincial and territorial governments on their use of the term in Canada. [...]
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