Nanaimo Women March On 2019

Nanaimo Women March On would like to acknowledge that Nanaimo is the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. We keep this acknowledgement and respect for the Coast Salish people at the forefront of our march and thank the Snuneymuxw nation for allowing us to gather.

A major goal of Nanaimo Women March On 2019 is to encourage local community build­ing and to make and amplify calls to action on the issues that affect women most.

We see January 19th as an extension of the work we do before and after that day: we hope this annual women's march is a recognition of movement building.

We encourage and aim for grassroots, collaborative, inclusive, transparent and non­ competitive modes of organizing. When possible, we strive for rotating leadership so that many voices can be heard.

We support March On, the Women's March, and anyone organizing to realize a peaceful, intersectional march in service of gender justice, anti-racism, decolonization, LGBTQ2+, and diversity in age and disability.

We believe in communities. We believe survivors. We welcome allies. Feminism is love.

In solidarity,

Anouk Borris, Lesley Anne Clarke, Joy Gugeler,
Deborah Hollins, Chantal Lambert, Lauren Semple, Chantelle Spicer, Melissa Stephens.


For this year's march, we will gather at the Lions Pavillion in Maffeo Sutton Park at 10:30 am and begin our walk at 11 am, lead by those with small children, disabilities, or mobility concerns. You will set our pace and we will follow you. We will exit the park and proceed on a 1.1km walk to the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre at 46 Nicol Street.

The theatre will have an accessibility seating section and ASL interpretation (read below for more accessibility information), tables and displays from community groups, refreshments, and a great lineup of speakers and entertainment. Beginning at 12 noon with our welcome to the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and followed by an inspirational lineup of speakers, poetry, music and more, we hope you can join us for a more accessible, warmer version of our annual event in the old Caprice Theatre (generously donated by Paul Manhas).


From the park, we will head up Front Street. We will then turn right and head down Commercial Street, we will safely cross the highway with the help of traffic marshals. We will proceed to Victoria Cres. and then either up Victoria Road to the building entrance with stairs, or, up Nicol Street to the street level accessible entrance.

** We are constantly working to make our event more inclusive and accessible so that all women and allies can attend. If we have missed an information point or accommodation below, please send us a message, thank you! **

The Maffeo Sutton Park is wheelchair accessible with multiple accessible parking spots available in the traffic circle by the Lions Pavillion. The location of the opening announcements can be accessed on a paved path. ASL interpretation will be available, and the opening will take approximately 10 minutes. There are 2 gendered washrooms on site each with a wheelchair accessible stall. We are looking into their accessibility for power chairs.

The march will begin at 11 AM. The route is 1.1 km in length and is mostly flat and fully paved with a moderate hill at the beginning on Front St, and at the end on Victoria Rd. and Nicol. Those with disabilities, mobility concerns, or small children and invited to set the pace for our march in the front. Marshals will be available to assist with crossings, and you can message our page to request a volunteer to accompany you on the march.

Participants are welcome to drive between locations, but street parking is not available on Nicol street where the accessible entrance is. The closest accessible parking or regular parking is on Victoria Road or in the lot on Cavan Street.
If you require door drop-off on Nicole Street, please contact us directly to arrange.

The Nanaimo Entertainment Centre has a set of stairs and a wheelchair ramp inside. There are 2 gendered multi-stall washrooms with small stalls and a single stall genderless accessible washroom on site. We are looking into its accessibility for power chairs.

There will be an accessibility seating section in front of the stage with 30 chairs (more can be added) and will be marked and reserved. There will be extra wide aisles created to maintain access and egress from this area. Chairs can be moved to accommodate individual needs for space. ASL interpretation will be provided in front of the accessible seating section at this event. All speakers and performances will be amplified.

  • January 19, 2019 at 10:30am – 2pm
  • Maffeo Sutton Park
    100 Comox Rd
    Nanaimo, BC V9R 3H7
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  • Nanaimo Women March On

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