The Victoria Chapter of Women’s March Canada is organizing a Rally Against Family Separation on Saturday, June 30, 2018, 12-2pm at the B.C. Legislature Building near the Inner Habour.
Our goal is to raise awareness, to provide informative experience-, fact-, and solution-based direct actions, as laid out by experts working on immigration, refugee, and Indigenous justice issues around the world, across Canada, and in BC, and to show solidarity with the detained immigrants and refugees and separated families at the Canada-U.S. and U.S.-Mexican borders, and around the globe.
Over a dozen cities across Canada are joining 600+ #FamiliesBelongTogether rallies calling for family reunification of children separated from their families, an end to immigration detention and abolition of ICE in the United States.
Rallies in Canada are also calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to condemn US policies in the strongest terms; to end immigration detention and deportation in Canada which also separates families; open the borders to asylum seekers from the United States by revoking the Safe Third Country Agreement and the Designated Country of Origin list; and grant permanent resident status to undocumented and migrant people in Canada.
Of grave concern is state-sanctioned violence both historically and present-day on Indigenous peoples and Black/African diasporic peoples.
The practice of family separation by the Canadian government against Indigenous children through residential schools, the 60s scoop and the Millenium scoop. State-sanctioned family separation on Indigenous and Black/African diasporic peoples by way of CAS disproportionately taking custody of children and criminalization and imprisonment along with the history and the ongoing impact of colonization and slavery in Canada.
In Victoria, we will be hearing from five speakers:
- Tiffany Śwxeloselwet Joseph
- Isabel O’Kanese
- Elizabeth May
- Fernando Garci-Crespo
- Sharmarke Dubow
Our speakers will address pressing issues that include:
- Canadian Human Rights Tribunal legally binding decisions to end discrimination against First Nations children and families
- Implementation of Jordan’s Principle
- BC provincial government legislation that gives First Nations jurisdiction over their children’s welfare
- Safe Third Country Agreement and why it prevents Canada from helping US refugees
- Foreign aid and why people flee to US and Canada
- Canadian immigration problems and what can be done to change them
- Condemn US unjust detention and deportation policies and reach out to Canadian Members of Parliament demanding action that includes suspending the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and US, revoking the Designated Country of Origin list, improving and adjusting the quota restrictions on refugee claimants and asylum seekers and ending immigration detention in Canada
For more information about the Rally and to RSVP, please visit our website.
For more information about our work this year, please visit our website.