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Here's what anti-Black racism protests looked like across Canada on Saturday

As people across Canada continue to stand up and fight back against anti-Black racism and police brutality, several peaceful protests and vigils were held in different provinces throughout the country on Saturday. 

And while the protests differed in size and location, each one saw an inspiring turnout of peaceful demonstrators determined to affect change in their respective city. 

In Calgary, residents held a peaceful Black Lives Matter vigil yesterday to honour those who've lost their lives at the hands of police officers. 

And while activists mourned George Floyd and others who've been killed by police brutality in the U.S., speakers and protesters also made sure to specify that these injustices happen here, too. 

In Guelph, several thousand people showed up to protest in front of city hall. Numerous speakers, musicians and poets then addressed the crowd before they marched to police headquarters. 

Meanwhile, a protest in London saw an estimated turnout of 10,000 people. 

Demonstrators gathered at Victoria Park while wearing masks and holding powerful signs. 

Residents of Niagara Falls also showed up to fight for racial justice Saturday, and photos from the day show protesters taking a knee and raising their fists as a sign of solidarity. 

Canada's biggest city, meanwhile, was the site of two protests on Saturday afternoon

Some Toronto demonstrators got their start at Trinity Bellwoods Park and made their way to Queen's Park, while others travelled from Nathan Phillips Square to Yonge and Dundas. 

And despite some rumours of outside agitators, both protests remained peaceful throughout. 

Many smaller Canadian cities also held protests yesterday, including Whitehorse, Fort McMurray and Antagonish. 

So no matter where you are in the country, it's clear Canadians are determined to continue fighting for a fairer, more equitable society — and they simply won't take "No" for an answer.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez

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