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Women’s March anniversary brings out 1,000 people in Edmonton

Women's rights bring out a big crowd on Jan. 20. Photos courtesy of organizer Paul E. Kirman

About 1,000 people attended.

The March On Edmonton Collective organized an event on Jan. 20 to mark the first anniversary of the Women's March.

The first Women's March in Edmonton was a sister march to the Women's March in Washington held the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

This year, about 1,000 people attended to hear a diverse list of speakers talking about different aspects of women's rights.

Following the blessing from Elder Elsie Paul, speakers included Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, Stephanie Harpe from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, community and labour activist Mimi Williams, disability advocates Amy Park and Debbie Reid, Nasim Kherani from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and transgender activist Stephanie Shostak.

Marchers walked around the fountain area of the legislature while Chubby Cree, a woman-led Indigenous drum group, who performed songs in Cree.

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