Celebrating International Day of Tolerance: Welcome Potluck on November 16

Potluck – International Day of Tolerance

Saturday evening; November 16; 6-7pm

To celebrate the International Day of Tolerance, Welcoming Communities and NCIMSS will be sharing food and conversation at an informal potluck.

Location: 245 Crestview Drive
Contact: Ladan at 250-600-7985

 

Declaration of Principles on Tolerance

Proclaimed and signed by the Member States of UNESCO on 16 November 1995

Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/pdf/tolerance.pdf

What is Tolerance?

Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference.

It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

Tolerance means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.

Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.

Tolerance is necessary between individuals and at the family and community levels.

Tolerance promotion and the shaping of attitudes of openness, mutual listening and solidarity should take place in schools and universities and through non-formal education, at home and in the workplace.