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.
#blacklivesmatter vigil in #Calgary today. My city SHOWED UP 🙌🏽 @yyc_blm amazing speakers; a peaceful protest; an inspiring, therapeutic, MOVING experience. Keep your foot on the gas, Calgary. Maintain the momentum. #yyc #blm pic.twitter.com/cZEiQcsP5U— Shyrose Aujla (@shyroseaujla) June 7, 2020
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.
Went to the protest. Was floored by the attendance - easily in the thousands. Calgary doesn't protest anything, ever. Certainly not on this scale.— Nat (@Daemavand) June 7, 2020
I'm proud of my city today <3 pic.twitter.com/4mjt80VxtF
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.
Demonstrators have made their way back to Victoria Park after marching through downtown streets for over an hour. Speakers now addressing crowd, estimated at 10,000 during peak, from bandshell #BlackLivesMattters #ldnont pic.twitter.com/VRODjjvRXf— Dale Carruthers (@DaleatLFPress) June 6, 2020
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.
Thank you to the 3,000+ people who attended the Peaceful #blacklivesmatter Protest and March in Antigonish tonight! Thank you for your support and also for trying your best to social distance with those outside your bubble. All attendees had masks as we left for the march! pic.twitter.com/oTiB9cXyTn— 𝕄𝕒𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕖𝕟 (@macheriearmour) June 7, 2020
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.
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