An international civil-rights movement known as “Black Lives Matter” has come to Prince George in full force.

Carrier-Sekani Family Services showed up to support the protest (Photo credit: Justin Madu, MyPGNow.com staff)

A crowd of several hundred gathered in front of Prince George’s City Hall to protest the inequalities experienced by marginalized groups such as Black people and First Nations.

Although some American-based protests associated with the movement have turned violent, Prince George’s crowd gathered peacefully.

Conversations about systemic racism were ignited following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, and eventually received the acknowledgment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Far too often I have come to these rallies and talk about justice, and talk about injustice,” said Terry Teegee, Regional Chief for the BC Assembly of First Nations.

Protestors brought a variety of signs (Photo credit: Justin Madu, MyPGNow.com staff)

Teegee was a featured speaker at the event.

“Racism exists everywhere. In Canada Black and Indigenous people are very much at risk of being victims of police brutality and racial violence,” said Akida Allum, a Duchess Park Secondary School student.

The reality of COVID-19 was acknowledged by event organizers who distributed gloves, in addition to sanitization products.

Additionally, many participants wore either disposable or non-medical cloth facemasks.

Following several speakers, the group walked a short route through Prince George’s downtown.

A second protest is planned at the Mr. PG statue tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.

The semantic reality of protesting during COVID-19 (Photo credit: Justin Madu, MyPGNow.com staff).

BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee (Photo credit: Justin Madu, MyPGNow.com)