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Who We Are

Black folks & allies working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from racialized violence. Grateful to be organizing on Coast Salish territory.

The Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter is a cause that supports the organizing work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence. Black Lives Matter is a cause cognizant of the ongoing struggles of all marginalized folks and we strive to honour that in the work we do. We centre the voices of Black folks as well as other folks of colour and hope to lift up those who are queer, women, trans, differently abled, poor or otherwise marginalized.

Our work is taking place on Coast Salish territories and most of our organizing is currently being done on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

As a small group of Black activists residing in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia we want to draw attention to our largely inivisibilized communities, celebrate people of colour and work in solidarity with other Black Lives Matter chapters across North America. We also want to encourage and foster the creation of other chapters within Canada.

#BlackLivesMatter  was originally created by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza as “a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.”

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The land we are on

The majority of the organizing done by the Black Lives Matter Vancouver Coalition, will be taking place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory and homelands of the Musqueam, Tseil-Watuth and Squamish First Nations. We are very grateful to the Coast Salish people for the knowledge, kindness and indomitable spirit with which they have taken care of this land for millennia. We also acknowledge and mourn the many murdered and missing Indigenous people at the hands of state violence and police brutality.

 

The origins of our cause

The Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza.
#BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and our allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue among Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement.

“Freedom, by definition, is people realizing they are their own leaders” – Diane Nash

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Black Lives Matter Vancouver Calls on the City to Dismantle Systems of Violence and Oppression

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