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Canada, Mexico, U.S. sign declaration for racial equity and justice

The United States, Mexico and Canada have signed a North American Declaration on Partnership for Equity and Racial Justice.

The declaration was signed by the foreign ministers of the three countries on the sidelines of the North American Leaders' Summit in Mexico City, Mexico.

It aims to promote anti-racist, inclusive, democratic and egalitarian societies in the three countries.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said that hatred against indigenous people, blacks, Asians and anti-Semites has increased significantly in Canada.

As leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico we have a responsibility to combat discrimination and hate in all its forms, and today we are committing to do just that, by signing the declaration of racial equity and justice we are pledging to unearth these deep inequalities. We know we cannot change the past, but we can work for a more just and inclusive future. This declaration is a historic step on the road to eradicating deep-rooted injustices. Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a decision, how we decide to incorporate that diversity into our communities can mean the difference between remaining stagnant and moving forward as countries, as a continent. Systemic racism and bigotry is still a reality for many, it is dehumanizing, humiliating and unacceptable and has no place in society.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said. "We are establishing a trilateral network of experts on inclusion and racial equity to share knowledge and best practices to promote racial equity and justice."

He announced that, in April, the United States will host the first Cities Summit of the Americas in Denver.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility will be a key part of the discussions there.

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