Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Black Lives Matter Hold Alternate Pride March in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Black Lives Matter Hold Alternate Pride March in Vancouver

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Black Lives Matter hold alternate Pride march

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VANCOUVER - Crowds chanted "Black Lives Matter" in a downtown Vancouver park Sunday before marching in support of the LGBTQ community.

March on Pride, organized by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, was an alternative event to the annual parade that the group says is more welcoming to marginalized groups by blocking police and corporate involvement.

Black Lives Matter organizer Cicely Blain says Pride was started as a protest against police violence on minorities and Sunday's event was intended to follow that tradition and allow people of colour to feel safe and be the focus of celebration.

The Vancouver Pride Society reached an agreement with local police earlier this year that will allow officers to walk in the Aug. 6 parade alongside other city staff members and fire officials. …

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