March On, Vancouver! The Next Step March


January 20 at 10 AM - 1 PM

Jack Poole Plaza

1085 Canada Place, Vancouver

We acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the unceded Coast Salish Territories xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh).

March On Vancouver is proud to host this event. We gathered on Jan. 21 in a historic march in solidarity with a world-wide movement of grassroots resistence. Now, we march on. While we have worked to combat the rise of white nationalism, misogyny and xenophobia, there is still much to be done. 

We come together to reject the hate that tries to damage our communities - Muslims, Jews, racialized people, Indigenous people, migrants and those with precarious or no legal status, members of the LGBTTQQ2SI communities, disabled people and women.

Our event will be one of positivity, inclusivity, and diversity, uplifting all in our community. We hope to bring you voices of those you never heard from before, the voices that need our strength and support. 

Allies are welcome. The event will be disabled-friendly and will include ASL interpreters.

Now - we March On!

"Organizers are gearing up for another women’s march in Vancouver.

About 15,000 people showed up in Downtown Vancouver about one year ago to rally against the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Organizers say there is even more reason to join this year’s march, scheduled for Saturday, January 20.

“Definitely, there was a call for [another march] because this past year, everything that has happened has been horrific to wake up to everyday,” said organizer Samantha Monckton, who called 2017 “a dark year.”

But the #MeToo movement and ousting of Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s recent election are just a few examples of proof that feminists are not backing down, she added.

“It just fuels the fire for us.”

Organizers say the 2018 march will have a hopeful atmosphere 

“It will be a positive event for everybody. There are lots of families coming. We’re going to have music and drummers and very motivational and uplifting speeches,” said Monckton, who owns her own communications business.

The event could act as a springboard for other campaigns this year, including a push to put more women in office, she added.

“We’d like to encourage those in the crowd to say, maybe I can run for something – maybe I can run for school board, or city council."

Municipal elections in B.C. will be held in November 2018.

Organizers also hope to push back against racism in Canada by ensuring refugees and immigrants feel welcomed when they arrive and by supporting indigenous families as the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women continues.

“By bringing this diverse group of people, hopefully we can educate people and show that we are a very diverse community and we should all pitch in where we can,” said Monckton.

Women’s marches are also planned for Nanaimo and Kamloops, as well as cities across the country including Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, and Lethbridge." 

By: Wanyee Li Metro Published on Sun Jan 07 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 16:30