DEMAND RACIAL JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVITY IN BC PARKS NOW!

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On the weekend of July 24th, Garibaldi Provincial Park Rangers took the courageous step of installing racial justice and inclusivity signs at all trailheads in the park. These welcoming signs acknowledge that the park is unceded Indigenous land, assert that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, demands that parks must be accepting and safe spaces for everyone, and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

By the beginning of the next week, all these signs had been taken down and this a step backwards in our collective journey towards inclusivity and justice. We believe it is important for our parks to show solidarity with the global awakening surrounding Black Lives Matter, indigenous lives and reconciliation in Canada, social justice, equity and inclusion. So, we ask that you sign this petition and send an email to George Heyman, the BC Minister of Environment, stating that you support the Garibaldi Park rangers and endorse the messaging on their ground-breaking signs. Either these signs should go back up immediately or other signs with the similar messaging should replace them at every provincial park in British Columbia.

People everywhere are increasingly acknowledging the need for society to be more inclusive of black, indigenous, racialized and LGTBQ2IA+ populations. This is as true in our provincial parks as it is elsewhere. We demand that parks start implementing inclusive signage throughout the province. This is a first step towards systemic change in the provincial parks that we all rely on for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Stand with the Garibaldi Park rangers and tell George Heyman, Premier John Horgan, and BC Parks that you demand action now!