City Officials and members of the public were on hand to celebrate Anti-Discrimination Day yesterday. The evening featured a speech from Fitz Bramble, the City's Economic Development Coordinator as well as an Art Show from students from Spruce Ridge.
"I think this is a very important issue," explained Bramble. "We have to learn to live together."
"Oftentimes when I think of discrimination, I think about the body. The body consists of different parts, hands feet, eyes, nose and so on but they're all very different and they all perform different functions yet they need each other in order for that body to survive and function as a unit."
"In Estevan, it's been my experience since I've been here, I have not really had any bad experiences personally. But I'm not going to be naive and think that the issue does not exist."
He added that we need to be more open about this issue.
"If I walk down the street and somebody wants to say, "look at that black guy," you hear them whisper and you ask why? I'm black, that's who I am."
"At the end of the day, I think what we need to do is understand how to treat people the way they want to be treated. Not the way we want to treat them or the way you want to be treated. Because we don't know how the other person wants to be treated. What we need to do is engage and involve ourselves and find out how that person would like to be treated and aspire to do that."
He believes that would go a long way to stop discrimination of all types whether it be racial, gender, or religious.
Grade four students from Spruce Ridge created paintings to help end discrimination.
"I think these paintings are exemplary of how we should approach life."