WINNIPEG – Mayor Brian Bowman has planned a march for human rights at the Forks.
The move comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban and shootings at a mosque in Quebec City.
It runs from noon until one o’clock Saturday. Bowman says it’s all about coming together.
“We’re going to walk, literally, around the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and then back to The Forks. I thought it would be a good time to just do something positive. It’s really a simple event, the simple act of walking in solidarity with your friends and your neighbours.”
He also revealed he’s doing some research around having Winnipeg labelled a “sanctuary city”. The city of Toronto has already taken the step.
“I want to be pragmatic, do my due diligence, speak with my colleagues in the community and let’s see what we can do. One thing I can assure you is we are going to continue to do whatever we can to make sure this community is open for everyone.”
A local group called No One is Illegal held a pair of rallies calling on the city to make the move. The mayor released a statement late Friday, saying he is willing to consider the idea but added that it’s not clear what, if any, concrete changes the declaration would lead to.