Our vision of this march draws direct inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King, his Civil Rights Movement, and his dreams of non-violent expression and equality for all people. In the same spirit of Dr. King’s march for equality and freedom from Selma to Montgomery, we march also for Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This April 16th, 2016 celebrates 34 years since the Charter’s inception thanks to the dedicated efforts of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Today, the Charter’s message remains as important as ever for us in Canada.
It is also most fitting that 2016 marks the 51st anniversary of Dr. King’s Civil Rights March.
As Dr. King once said:
“I have a dream...that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Indeed, we too have “dreams”. We dream of rights, freedoms, equality and unity that carry through both our present, and for the generations to come.
To accomplish our vision, our mission embodies five goals:
- To celebrate Canada’s equality, freedoms, unity, and multiculturalism as established in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- To recognize and remember that our celebrated freedom today is indebted to the change that grew from legacies of difficult histories in Canada’s past.
- To participate and work together to end persistent discrimination and injustice by dreaming, speaking, and marching for equal rights and freedoms for every citizen.
- To encourage our fellow Canadians towards the awareness, action, and participation of advocating human rights and freedoms for all Canadians.
- To bring the spirit, passion, and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Movements and annual celebrations into a Canadian context and focus.
We invite you to join us and march with us. Let’s work together to shape a Canadian identity that is genuinely respectful to all the people in this country we love.