Rally against old-growth logging set for Revelstoke Courthouse on Canada Day

From Grizzly Plaza to the courthouse, demonstrators will march in solidarity with old-growth defenders and Indigenous communities.

March organizer Emma Atkinson addresses the crowd at the May 30 rally against old-growth logging. Photo: Bailey Gingras-Hamilton

Another old-growth solidarity event is happening in Revelstoke, this time on Canada Day. The Revelstoke March for Old Growth is happening on July 1 at 9 a.m. Participants will march from Grizzly Plaza to the Revelstoke Courthouse, where they will hang signs and have a short demonstration.

To accommodate for the predicted high temperatures, the march will be brief and “to the point.” Organizer Emma Atkinson also hosted the previous old-growth rally on May 30, which saw approximately 100 attendees. This march will be a continuation of the movement sparked at the previous event.

Read about the previous rally against old-growth logging here:

Revelstoke residents rally for old growth forests

Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding Canada Day celebrations, this demonstration stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities and residential school survivors. A moment of silence will be held for the children recently discovered at former residential schools across Canada.

Continuing solidarity with the Fairy Creek blockade protesters is the main focus of this march. However, organizers also highlight the importance of protecting Revelstoke’s own old-growth forests. Since May, approximately 260 protestors have been arrested in the Fairy Creek logging blockades.

Background

Forestry policy has dominated the headlines in British Columbia this year. The Government of British Columbia has received criticism for their updated forestry policies, released in June in response to the Fairy Creek blockades. These criticisms particularly surround the lack of clear action on old-growth logging.

Read more about the province’s response to old-growth logging movements here:

Government of B.C. unveils updated forestry policy

 

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Bailey Gingras-Hamilton is a recent graduate of the Mount Royal University Journalism program, where she developed an interest in current events and social issues. As a chronically curious individual, she enjoys exploring new places, cuisines, and cultures.