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Stand Against The Ban

February 5, 2017- 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We acknowledge that this event, our organizing, words and beings occurs on the occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
We also acknowledge that acts of systemic colonization against indigenous folks are currently taking place in an ongoing manner within institutions, power structures and language use. We must partake in recognizing our positions and complicity in settler colonialism on these stolen ancestral lands.

This group is made for the purpose of planning a protest as a form of action against the hateful immigrant/refugee/Muslim ban in America that is targeting folks who hold dual- citizenship within these countries (& hold, greencards, visas, have permanent residency within the States): Iran,Iraq,Sudan,Somalia,Syria,Yemen & Libya…. or simply are refugees from these areas.
This is targeting racialized bodies whose backs imperial & colonial states were forcibly built on.
We are angered & heartbroken about this ongoing form of colonial, racist violence enacted by white supremacy & border imperialism.

Calling on Trudeau to condemn the ban and open Canada as a place for those who have nowhere to go, and to the American government to immediately put an end to this horrific policy.
We have bled enough. NO TO HATRED.

We are in full support of this National movementhttps://www.facebook.com/events/407436779648169/

We align ourselves with these demands initiated by Black Lives Matter – Toronto :


1) The Canadian government must make an immediate public condemnation of the executive order by President Trump that bans Muslim visa-holders from seven countries and also bans all refugees from entering the US.

2) Canada must immediately open the Canada-USA border.

This includes revocation of the Safe Third Country Agreement which bars most refugee claimants entering from the United States over land to claim asylum in Canada. The Designated Country of Origin list, which makes it almost impossible for US citizens and citizens of forty other countries to claim asylum in Canada, must be eliminated.

3) Canada must end racist, anti-refugee, anti-Black, Islamophobic exclusion of migrants and refugees within this colonial border.

This includes ending the system of indefinite immigration detention. The federal government must create a regularization program so that all undocumented residents can live here with their families rather than fear mass deportation. Migrant workers in Canada must also be given permanent status and open work permits. We want real, not symbolic, Sanctuaries that guarantee access to services and refuse collaboration with Canadian and American border agents.

4) Canada must rescind all federal legislation that attacks racialized Black and Brown Muslims and refugees, including the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act as well as anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C51.

Statement initiated by Black Lives Matter – Toronto

With the support of:
Anti-Fascist Action Calgary
Black Lives Matter -Vancouver
Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific
Idle No More
Justicia for Migrant Workers
Kashmir Solidarity Group – Toronto
No One Is Illegal – London, Ontario
No One Is Illegal – Toronto
No One Is Illegal -Vancouver Coast Salish territories
People for Peace – London, Ontario
Refugees Welcome – victoria/lekwungen territory Victoria
Salaam -Vancouver: Queer Muslim Community
Siraat Muslim Collective – Vancouver
Tamil Freedom Coalition
Toronto Street Medics
Trikone – Vancouver”


February 5, 2017
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Portal Park
Vancouver, Canada


UBC Social Justice Centre