A Winkler event was part of Wednesday's "1 Million March 4 Children" marches held across the country Wednesday. The Winkler march started at Bethel Heritage Park, and saw participants take a route through a portion of the city.

According to the march's website, the group is, "Uniting diverse backgrounds and faiths, we share a resolute purpose: advocating for the elimination of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculum, pronouns, gender ideology and mixed bathrooms in schools."

The group also encouraged students to participate by promoting a nationwide school walkout. Around five dozen marches were planned across the country, including five in Manitoba; Winkler, Steinbach, Winnipeg, Brandon and Dauphin.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Pembina Valley Pride issued a statement on its social media pages regarding the event, indicating it had been aware of it for some time. The statement included the following:

"We encourage you to reach out to your school board, MLA, MP, and local government officials and let them know your concerns. This is also a great time to remind everyone of the organizations doing fantastic work to educate and advocate for safer and more inclusive communities."

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people walking in a march holding signs and banners