Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman appealed to high school students on Tuesday to take the lead on combating racism.

Bowman challenged more than 300 students at St. John's High School to "find a way to educate yourselves and each other to increase our understanding of diversity."

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Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman made an appeal to high school students on Tuesday to take a lead on combating racism. (Brett Purdy)

He asked students to work together to help break down barriers for Canadians of every ethnicity, race and religion. 

The call came as part of Winnipeg School Division's Everybody has the Right week, which started Tuesday morning.

The division will spend the week celebrating human rights and diversity.

Last year was the first time the division celebrated the week.

This year, they kicked off the human rights week with a traditional blessing from Rudy Okemaw and a performance from indigenous dancer Evander Two Heart.