Quesnel residents came together to make a stand against racism in a peaceful protest on Friday, June 12.
Roughly 60 people braved the rain and joined the anti-racism rally to show their support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
The protest was organized by 19-year-old Quesnel resident Desiray Turrell, who wanted to raise awareness not only to BLM but also to give Indigenous people and all people of color a voice.
Turrell stood in front of the crowd that gathered at the provincial government building in downtown Quesnel and led participants in a “Black Lives Matter!” chant and gave a rousing speech.
“I hope that people hear what we’re saying because enough is enough, silence is not an option, to stay silent on this is to chose to allow people to die,” said Turrell. “Because without speaking up you are staying compliant and by staying compliant in a system that allows the death of many, those deaths are also on you.”