Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Firelight Group stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Black, Indigenous and other people of colour who have been killed at the hands of police brutality and systemic racism. Anti-Black racism is alive in Canada, built on a history of colonization, slavery, and genocide that continues to have violent and deadly impacts on Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities today. June 3 also marks the one-year anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) report and 231 Calls to Justice. Embracing these calls to justice is essential to dismantling systemic racism. Now is not the time to be silent, we must listen to Black and Indigenous voices. We must amplify Black and Indigenous voices. We will be sharing articles, reports, posts, and organizations Canadians can support to dismantle white supremacy and end systemic racism. Below are a few our staff have collected:


The Star –  ‘Racism exists in Canada:’ These are the stories from people who have lived it as eyes turn on U.S. after George Floyd death in Minneapolis

Larissa Crawford – I Grew Up With My Metis Roots. I Dug Deep To Find My Black Ancestry.

Pam Palmater – Yes, Canada has a Racism Problem and It’s Killing Black and Indigenous Peoples


Environics Institute – Race Relations in Canada Report—final-report-english.pdf?sfvrsn=ef8d61e3_2


Kalechi Ohiri from Black Lives Matter said today: “LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE ON HOW TO ORGANIZE A BLACK MOVEMENT. Our very lives are on the line. We don’t have the time for these critical mistakes. Damn.”

Mireille Cassandra Harper 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship

Black Organizations Canadians can Support:

The Black Liberation Collective

Black Boys Code

Hogan’s Alley Society

Black Health Alliance

Black Organizations And Anti-Racist Groups Canadians Can Support Now

Afro Van Connect

Black in BC Covid-19 Community Support Fund:–zjmcXVFRCI8TKPl5AKi5G7hZy4kegQo