On Saturday, tens of thousands of people in over 130 communities across the country stood together to show that there is a growing movement to stop pipelines, reckless tar sands expansion and runaway climate change.
Despite snow and blizzard conditions, people stood shoulder to shoulder in communities like Wolfville in Nova Scotia, Kanesatake in Quebec, Naujaat, Nunavut in the Arctic Circle and all the way to Sointula, British Columbia. Families, elders, First Nations, children, teenagers, and lots of dogs came together to stand in solidarity with First Nations and stand for a better future.
People put a lot of effort into their protest signs, and we wanted to make sure that they got some credit for their humour, ability to tug on the heart-strings, and use of pets.
It was difficult to choose, but without further ado, here are 17 of our favourites that show that our movement is young, old, diverse, artistic, beautiful and growing.
17. This sign from Calgary:
16. Bonus points go to the person who drew this sign:
15. This group in Sherbrooke for possibly having the most signs per square centimetre (and a mention of Rob Ford):
14. This kid’s handmade sign:
13. We approve of signs you can snack on:
12.We can only imagine how difficult it must be to kayak and hold a sign:
11. She kind of has a point:
10. Two words: Bitumen Sauce.
9. Bonus points for their use of “prorogue”:
Photo credit: Yasmin Parodi
8. These kids’ signs in Hartley Bay, B.C. are pretty awesome:
7. This sign from Halifax.
6. Pet signs. We love pet signs.
(Oh, and we couldn’t resist adding this Weimaraner’s sign:)
Photo credits: Georgia Straight
5. And just to make sure no cats were left out:
4. No further explanation necessary:
3. In Penticton, BC they left a message for MP Dan Albias:
2. This kid in Victoria. B.C. who could not possibly be any cuter:
1. Because our movement is made up of unexpected allies, like this woman who found her own path to standing up for what is right:
Saturday was amazing — but it’s just the beginning. Thanks for being a part of a movement that is growing.