Black activists continue fight for racial justice 1 year after George Floyd's death

This story is part of a CBC News exploration of systemic racism, including anti-Black racism, and the promises for change made last summer.

One year after the killing of George Floyd, Black activists in Ottawa are toiling to remind Canadians to do more to fight racial injustice and police abuse of power — not just in the capital, but across the country.

"George Floyd's death is just one anniversary that we cross," said Alicia-Marie LeJour of the Black Diaspora Coalition in Ottawa. "One officer has been convicted ... this is merely accountability. Justice for us [as Black people] is not to have to experience [police brutality] again."

Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin was convicted of second and third-degree murder, along with manslaughter, in April and will be sentenced next month.

Floyd's death sparked global outrage and led to mass protests against police brutality, including one on Parliament Hill where the Prime Minister took a knee. LeJour is concerned that, despite the thousands who showed up, much of the support was only "performative."


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