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A “Cancel Canada Day” march is scheduled to take place in Vancouver this Wednesday.
The event is hosted by Idle No More, an Indigenous-led social movement that calls for a “peaceful revolution which honours and fulfils Indigenous sovereignty.” The women-led movement began in 2012 to protest the Canadian government’s “dismantling of environmental protection laws.”
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Event organizers say that they “will not celebrate the ongoing genocide within Canada against Indigenous people.”
“Instead, we will gather to honour all of the lives lost to the Canadian State,” reads Idle No More’s Facebook event. “We will course our voices for MMIWG2S, Child Welfare, Birth Alerts, Forced Sterilization, Police and RCMP brutality, and all of the injustices we face.”
So far, nearly 400 people plan to attend, with another 1,400 interested. Similar events from the organization are scheduled across the rest of the country.
The event will begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3 pm, with the march scheduled to take place at 5 pm. Anyone attending is asked to bring a mask, stay two metres apart from others, and respect physical distancing.
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Time: 3 to 6 pm (March beginning at 5 pm)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver