Salt Spring Comes Together in Solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour

Over 250 Salt Spring Island community members gathered this afternoon in a call to action confronting racism in our community and within each of us individually.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) Community Collective Organizers shared stories of violence and discrimination experienced both personally, across the United States and here in Canada asking that we all actively stand with BIPOC people to create a more equitable and just society.

In a gathering that was graceful, fierce, somber and celebratory, organizers called for education, awareness and actions of support in honour of the countless Black, Indigenous and People of Colour who have been murdered, killed or harmed in racially motivated acts of violence. Speakers called for community members to take responsibility for BIPOC equality and to be active participants in anti-racism action.

The event was an opportunity to come together to show support and love for fellow BIPOC community on these Coast Salish ancestral lands of the Hul'qumi'num & SENĆOŦEN-speaking people, now commonly known as Salt Spring.

The event amplified the voices of women of colour in our community through story, music and poetry.

There was an 8 min and 46 second (8:46) moment of silence to remember and grieve those lost, from George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to Chantel Moore and the countless Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Many who attended kept 6 feet apart and wore masks to support physical distancing requests.

Organizers also called for the boycott of local businesses that promote or support racist views and actions.

The event was one of many gatherings occuring around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

June 20, 2020 4:12 PM

Community Comments

  • Avatar dylan doubt says:

    how can we as a community tolerate this kind of overt racism? it is inexcusable.
    please see "racism or racial celebration" on page 3
    http://islandsmarketplace.com/issue.pdf

  • Avatar Stephen Arnold says:

    Supporters of the racist image of Chief Wahu, the mascot for the Cleveland Indians team, defend their support by saying that the (ridiculous) caricature honours and celebrates "Indians." Dressing up in black face and dred locks and arguing it is like speaking Spanish when one goes to Mexico is embarrassing in its naivete and ignorance about what racism is: a demeaning condition of white colonialism. The article on page 3 also demonstrates white privilege and white fragility -- first we have to listen to the denial of our experience of racism and then endure whitesplaining about how wrong we are to object to being ridiculed while diminishing our experience of daily macro an micro-aggressions. Of course, one of the events that inspired the diatribe (on pg 3) was losing the important cultural icon, Aunt Jemima. Even that story is a distortion of history and the truth. The cure for ignorance is an open mind and some genuine investigation. Read writers who can give you insight into the how profoundly our society is imbued with white supremacist values, implicit bias and ideas. I suggest a good starting point is Robin DiAngelo readily available on youtube.

  • Avatar books says:

    thank you Christopher, your extensive photos help me to feel as though I had been able to attend - one or two pictures can be misleading, but your entire coverage conveys the respectful distancing and the deep sincerity which must surely have been prevalent ...