Statement from Chilliwack Mayor and Council

"Racism has no place in Chilliwack. As your City Council, we believe it is important that you know we will not tolerate racism. We recognize that our diversity is a strength, and we are working to create an inclusive community.

Today and tomorrow, several Black Lives Matter protests are happening in Chilliwack. We understand these are intended to be safe and peaceful demonstrations and we applaud their desire to stand up against racism.

We also are keenly aware that the global COVID-19 pandemic continues in the Fraser Health region and presents unique challenges for participants. Recently, the Provincial Health Officer said that the people that joined the protest in Vancouver put their health at risk. She then encouraged anyone who might be demonstrating to continue to keep a safe distance, wear a mask, and recognize the importance of not allowing the virus to spread.

Standing up to injustice is one of the most important things we can do together as a community. However, we know that each individual will need to carefully consider their health and the health of others first.

To those that join the demonstrations this weekend, thank you for being peaceful and respectful. Please take care of your health, maintain appropriate physical distancing, and monitor yourself closely for symptoms for the next two weeks. Stay safe and stand together, Chilliwack."

-Mayor Ken Popove, Councillor Chris Kloot, Councillor Sue Knott, Councillor Jason Lum, Councillor Bud Mercer, Councillor Jeff Shields and Councillor Harv Westeringh