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This is why some people want to cancel Canada Day

While most of us are excited for a day of food, fun and family this July 1, not everyone around the country is looking forward to celebrating Canada Day

In fact, over 400 people are planning to attend a Cancel Canada Day protest in Vancouver.

The demonstration is being hosted by Idle No More in order to protest against "the ongoing genocide within Canada against Indigenous people.”

A post on the event page adds: “Instead, we will gather to honour all of the lives lost to the Canadian State. We will course our voices for MMIWG2S, Child Welfare, Birth Alerts, Forced Sterilization, Police and RCMP brutality, and all of the injustices we face.”

People are being asked to respect physical distancing and bring masks if they intend on taking part in the rally, which begin at 5 p.m from Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street. 

In a post on their website, Idle No More calls on all people to "join in a peaceful revolution which honours and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty and which protects the land, the water, and the sky. "

The women-led group was first founded among Treaty People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta back in 2012.

Lead photo by

Bruce Reeve

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