More than 15,000 people gathered at the Legislative building in Winnipeg in a peaceful, social protest against global racism, and also the systemic racism we find in Canada and in Manitoba.
In Brandon, more than 300 protesters marched downtown, making their way to Princess Park where they took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time it took for a Minneapolis police officer to kill George Floyd.
Hundreds of protesters arrived at Thompson City Hall to protest police brutality and anti-racism. Attendees included all three levels of government and members of the RCMP.
Hundreds of people marched through the city of Steinbach as a sign of solidarity with people from the black, indigenous, and colored communities across the world who are racialized. (photo featured at top of this post)
In Flin Flon, protesters gathered in Pioneer Square to bring awareness to the unjustices, oppression, and discrimination that BIPOC and LGBTQ2 people face everyday.
Selkirk College posted this message of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Black Lives Matter does not mean that Black Lives are more important. It’s a movement emphasizing basic human rights and racial equality for black people, a population that has been oppressed for hundreds of years.
Manitobans showed strong support that we can be proud of, with all protests being respectful and peaceful. We hope the movement to bring equal human rights to all people continues.
Whether you attended a rally or not, you can still support the movement by supporting black-owned businesses or making a donation:
- Support Black Owned business – Black Owned Manitoba has put together a directory
- QTPOC Winnipeg: Send an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Black Space Winnipeg: Donate online or send e-transfers to: email@example.com (please use password: blackspace204)
- Black Lives Matter: Donate online at blacklivesmatter.ca
- #Justice4BlackLives: Send an e-transfer to Justice4BlackLivesWPG@gmail.com
Check out the photo gallery compiled by CTV News.