FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – In honour of Amanda Black, the Pomeroy Sports Centre will illuminate with purple lights this weekend.

The City of Fort St. John says the decision is to “bring awareness to domestic violence, encourage action to stop domestic violence, and honour the life of a mother gone much too soon”.

“Domestic violence is never acceptable; too many generations of families carry the physical, emotional and spiritual pain from these incidents,” states Mayor Lori Ackerman. 

The loss of Black happened the same week as the annual Moose Hide Campaign— a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous males who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

“Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children,” says the City in a statement on Friday.

The sports centre will be lit up on both Saturday and Sunday.

Community members are hosting a lantern release at Surerus ball diamonds on Saturday at 6 p.m. in memory of Black, and to celebrate her 23rd birthday.

GoFundMe to cover the legal, funeral and travel expenses for Black’s family has been launched. As of Friday afternoon, the fundraiser has surpassed its $15,000 goal with $16,158 being raised through 248 donations.

Domestic violence resources can be accessed by visiting the FSJ Women’s Resource Society website, calling 2-1-1, or calling or texting VictimLink BC at 1-800- 563-0808. As always, to report an immediate danger, call 9-1-1.