A protest in Nanaimo will show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations happening around the world.
A Black Lives solidarity demonstration is planned for Friday, 3-5 p.m., at Maffeo Sutton Park, according to an event post on Facebook. The event is described as “a peaceful gathering and an opportunity for black people to speak our experiences and for those who care about them to listen.” There will also be stories, poetry and song.
“Stand in solidarity as we grieve the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in the U.S., acknowledge the reality of anti-black racism in Canada, and vow to end systemic racism, racial violence, and police brutality,” the event post notes.
Participants are asked to wear a mask, observe physical distancing and consider self-isolating for 14 days after attending.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam suggested earlier this week that signs and noisemakers are comparatively safer ways for demonstrators to express themselves as “shouting and that type of behaviour can potentially project more droplets.”
For more information about the solidarity demonstration, visit the Facebook event page.