Hundreds of people gathered outside Vancouver Art Gallery to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Notice the magnitude of this crowd. This is your community of black and non-black allies.”
An emotional crowd listens closely as speakers share their stories.
The vigil was in honour of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, killed by U.S. police officers this week.
Organizers say the violence needs to stop.
“To every mother who no longer has her baby, to every child whose father has been lost to murder or the prison industrial complex. To every black woman, black queer, to every black Trans person who’s died silently somewhere, today we cry for you and every other day of our lives, we will fight for you.”
People dry their tears as they light a candle for those who have lost their lives.
WATCH: Black Lives Matter protest in Vancouver
The demonstration comes after a particularly violent week in the U.S.
The police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by white officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota has sparked outrage across the country.
Then, on Thursday, Micah X Johnson opened fire on police at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, killing five and wounding seven others.
He reportedly told police he was motivated by anger over Castile and Sterling’s deaths.
The violence is just the latest in a string of high profile killings of black men and women at the hands of authorities.