On June 15th, 2017, British Columbia hosted their very first disability pride march in order to honour and celebrate individuals with different disabilities.
Regardless of the poor rainy weather, more than 1,000 people marched through Richmond St with colour signs written with positive messages. Individuals with and without disabilities all attended to celebrate the love they have for diversity within the community and demonstrated the importance of unity.
Many important messages were spread across on this day, including the stigmatization of different disabilities and its affects on finding employment.
While the march in June did spread awareness about valuing all members of the community and being able to accommodate to all needs, the citizens of B.C still believe that there is a long way to go in order to break the stigma behind individuals with disabilities.