Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

Chilliwack city hall will be the end point of the Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley on Jan. 20. The march heads out from Ann Davis on Young Road at some time after 11 a.m. and then heads to city hall at Young and Hockin for speeches. Chilliwack is the only community hold a women’s march between Vancouver and Kamloops. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley is ready to go Saturday morning in Chilliwack with a demonstration of unity, inspiration and leadership.

The Fraser Valley event in Chilliwack is the only women’s march being held between Vancouver and Kamloops.

READ MORE: March coming to Chilliwack

“We recognize that poor women and women of colour are disproportionately affected by discrimination and violence against women; and believe that transgender women are women and must be treated as such,” said organizer Patti MacAhonic, executive director of Ann Davis Transition Society.

The plight of women in Chilliwack and in communities across B.C. is “not enough” of a going concern, she said.

So to raise some visibility about the many pressing issues, they started organizing Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley.

Speakers at the Fraser Valley event will include Joanne Gutierrez-Hugh (Xwiyolemot), former Tribal Chief with Stó:lo Tribal Council; Jackie Hogan, UFV’s acting president; and MacAhonic of ADTS.

Everyone is welcome to attend, she said.

Core values for the national march include health and reproductive rights, economic security, representation, and physical safety.

The march builds on a resurgence in women’s rights activism from the #MeToo movement, as well as the Women’s March on Washington, and the marches held around the globe in 2017 in the wake of widespread anger after the Trump inauguration.

Thousands are expected to attend women’s marches across Canada on Jan. 20.

Juno nominated Inez will be performing at the Chilliwack event.

The march is being held is on traditional unceded territory of the Sto:lo people and that is being recognized.

“We keep this acknowledgment at the forefront of our march and thank the Sto:lo people for allowing us to gather,” according to organizers.

The march will be streamed live on Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at www.womensmarchcanada.com/women_s_march_canada_chilliwack_2018

They will be gathering at Ann Davis offices at 9046 Young Rd., starting from 11 a.m., and the march will go along Young Road to Chilliwack City Hall at 8550 Young Rd. There is limited parking so carpooling is encouraged.


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New welding equipment for Hope Secondary

More time on welders for Hope high school students, thanks to new gear

Hope teens headed to BC Winter Games

Julius Brysch, 14, and Danielle Bacon, 13, are in Kamloops this weekend

UPDATE: 10-20 cm of snow expected Friday in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning in effect from North Shore mountains out to Hope

Parents cross over painting job on 6 Ave. crosswalks

Crosswalks, not painted since September, are a safety concern for two parents

Yale First Nation project preserves elders’ memories and recipes

Community members are encouraged to share their traditional food recipes by Feb. 28

VIDEO: “Being Ts’elxweyeqw” book officially launched

Ts’elxwéyeqw tribe captures history with new book in a manner true to cultural form

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5-week second parent leave: official

Goal behind the measure is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities

Notley says Alberta watching B.C. court bid closely, will get no free ride on it

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley ended the three-week ban on B.C. wine, calming the trade war

Trudeau ends troubled India trip in his comfort zone of hockey and youth

The players, 18-25, came to New Delhi from Ladakhi in northern India, as part of outreach program

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Kim Boutin named Canada’s flag bearer for closing ceremony

Two more medals for Canada, including the bronze in men’s hockey

Team Canada’s Dave Duncan apologizes after drunken joyride in Pyeongchang

Duncan, his wife Maja and Canadian technical coach William Raine detained by South Korean police

Heavy snowfall for Coquihalla

Kelowna - Snowfall is expected to continue on the highway until Sunday

Czechmate: Canada wins men’s Olympic hockey bronze

Vernon’s Andrew Ebbett scores twice as Canada beats Czech Republic 6-4

Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

Most Read