A picket and protest in partnership with the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism.

We call upon the Canadian government to demand that the U.S. end child detention! End family separation! Reunite the families that have been separated! And, that Canada ends the Safe Third Country Agreement! The U.S. is no longer safe for those seeking asylum.

We also stand to acknowledge Canada’s role in separating families, through the history of residential schools, the 60s Scoop, and the continued practise of removing children from Indigenous families and placing them into foster care.

In addition, we must examine our country’s own treatment of refugee children.

As well, today we have live-in-caregivers in Canada who are bureaucratically separated from their children back in the Philippines. Confusing changes were made in 2014 to Canadian immigration rules which has resulted in permanent resident status for live-in caregivers converting to possible citizenship being blocked, thus preventing family reunification. These changes were devised and implemented by Jason Kenney when he was in Stephen Harper’s cabinet.

We will gather peacefully at End of Steel Park (8720 104 Street) from 12-1 p.m. to stand in solidarity and have a brief program of speakers. Bring signs.

By wmwyeg