Indigenous voices raised at Edmonton climate strike - 2019-10-20
Edmonton's climate strike on Friday, October 18, was the largest protest in the city in recent history. Over 10,000 people took to the streets, marching through downtown demanding action on climate change.
The day started with a march. March organizers asked Indigenous community members to lead the march to acknowledge the work they have done to advocate for air, land and water, and for their rights to take back their stolen land for decades. People of colour were also called to the front of the march -- in fact, anyone who wasn't Indigenous or a person of colour was asked to move to the back. Even Greta Thunberg herself was not front and centre. The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist was almost inconspicuous as she marched near the back of the line along with other young participants.
Just a few weeks before, on September 27, approximately 4,000 people took part in a climate strike which was also an incredible number of people for a protest in Edmonton. Thunberg's presence drew many more people out, but climate action is proving to be a subject that is mobilizing young people en masse.