Black Lives Matter. (File photo)

Peaceful protest in Vanderhoof to show support for minority groups

The demonstration will be held on June 6 and will start at Ferland Park.

A peaceful demonstration is being organized in Vanderhoof to show support for Black Lives Matter, the Indigenous People of Canada, all People of Color, and minorities who have suffered injustices.

This demonstration is being organized by Sasha Striegler Iannone and people have been asked to meet at Ferland Park at 1 p.m. on June 6.

Striegler Iannone has made a Facebook event page called Black Lives Matter & BIPOC Rights Protest.

She said that once people gather at the park, they will march down along Church Avenue, onto Stewart, then onto Burrard Avenue, and in the last leg they will cross Highway 16 to demonstrate in the parking lot next to Omineca Source for Sports.

Some signs will be available, but participants are being encouraged to bring their own.

Additionally, as the virus pandemic is still ongoing, a face mask, gloves and hand sanitizer should be brought along, “so we can stay safe,” the organizer said, adding that people need to still practice the 2-metre distancing rule if they are part of the demonstration.

This protest comes in response to the unjust killing of George Floyd, by a police officer in the United States of America, that has led to protests in the States as well as Canada, amongst other countries.

READ MORE: George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Correction: In an earlier version of the story, the Omineca Express had written that Ally Toal was the organizer. The Omineca Express couldn’t verify who Toal is, and Sasha Striegler Iannone, from Vanderhoof, decided she would run the event herself. So the story has been changed to reflect that information.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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