Thank you to the Tegan & Sara Foundation!

We are so grateful to the Tegan and Sara Foundation for supporting our program, We Need YOUth – LGBTQ2+ Initiatives By and For Elk Valley YOUth!

With this assistance, local Elk Valley LGBTQ2+ youth will be able to develop programs for sexual, mental, and physical health initiatives, learn new skills and share existing ones, create and connect with mentorship programs, and so much more. The Fernie Pride Society would like to extend our deepest thanks to Tegan and Sara, their amazing Foundation and staff, and to the kind and generous people that support the work. And we are so thrilled to be among the 13 inspiring Canadian grantees — make sure to check them all out and be prepared to be blown away for the work that they do!

City of Fernie TDOR Flag Raising

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the City of Fernie will raise the Transgender flag at Fernie City Hall on Friday, November 20 at 8:15 am.

Mayor Qualizza will read a proclamation prior to the flag will being raised. If you are interested in attending this important event please contact Courtney and provide your name via email to info@ferniepride.ca as space is very limited.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The annual event commemorates the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death.In 2020, to date, there have been at least 350 transgender or gender non-conforming people murdered globally, the majority of which were Black and Latinx transgender women. Too often these deaths go unreported — or misreported — so we say at least 350 people but likely more. These victims are loving partners, parents, family members, friends, and community members. They worked, went to school, and attended church. They were real people — people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them.

Ktunaxa Creation Story

The Fernie Pride Society, in partnership with the Fernie Museum are pleased to present  ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre on Friday, November 6 at 7:00pm at the Seniors Drop-In Centre for a Rainbow Connections Storytelling Evening. Ticket link and further details coming soon!

Creation stories are vital narratives of the beginning of the world as understood in a particular tradition and community. Creation stories are of central importance for the valuation of the world, for the orientation of humans in the universe, and for the basic patterns of life and culture. Come and spend an evening with us as we listen and learn about the Ktunaxa culture. 

As always….no alcoholic beverages, no sharing food, mask use is encouraged, remain in your social bubble, and remain calm and kind.

Ears for Peers

Join moderator Leslie Wilkins for an hour each month of Ears for Peers. A safe peer-to-peer place for conversation, support, and more. Ears for Peers will be starting on Thursday, November 19.

Please note; this is NOT a professional counselling session but rather an opportunity to share and chat with others. 

Ears for Peers will run on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm. Due to the current pandemic, this monthly session will be via Zoom. Link will be posted on our Facebook page just prior to each session. 

About Leslie — Leslie has been a part of the gay community since she participated in The Coalition to Answer Anita Bryant in Moose Jaw on July 1, 1978. She has been out and proud ever since. She has been active in Calgary since arriving in 1979. She loves sports, politics, and a certain lady… she has been widowed for two years but is getting herself together again.

Ears for Peers is open to all ages, all genders, and all sexualities. We hope to see you there soon!

Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to our Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt! The rules are simple:

  1. you will need to form a team, no larger than 6 people (people in your social bubble is best!)
  2. if you are solo and need a team we will be happy to put you on one
  3. the Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt can be done virtually or in person
  4. each team will need the use of a camera phone and internet access

You will receive your Scavenger Hunt clues on Saturday, September 26 from 10:30am-noon on the Fernie City Hall lawn. Look for the tent! If you are participating virtually, the clues will be available on our website at the same time. 

Your objective is to decipher the clues, get to them as quick as you can, and then take a picture of the clue with all your teammates in the photo! This can be anyway you like but all team members AND the clue have to be in the picture! When all the clues have been photographed you will then email them to us and we will compile all the entries and announce our winners!

If you are participating in this event virtually, your objective is the same. Use your internet sleuthing skills and find a photo of the clue online, figure  out a way to get the clues into your pictures with your teammates (photo editing skills are key here!), and then send them all back to us.

Please email all photos once the Hunt is completed to info@ferniepride.ca. Clearly label the subject line with your team name, for example, Team Rainbow Bright Scavenger Hunt. 

While finding all of the rainbows in Fernie, feel free to tag us on your adventure using #elkvalleypridefestival. We would love to see your progress! Happy hunting! 

CLICK HERE FOR SCAVENGER HUNT CLUES!

Official Elk Valley Pride Festival Schedule

We are getting ever so close to the start of the Elk Valley Pride Festival and we cannot wait to see you soon! There are options for all ages and some amazing things to do. Join in the Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt, learn about contemporary queer Fernie history, do a craft or take a cooking lesson from a Drag Queen, discover how you can help SOGIE refugees in Canada….the options are many!

Please note that due to the current pandemic we are asking that everyone have a ticket for the events. The majority of Festival events are FREE but to ensure contact tracing and to limit the number of in-person attendance we are requiring that we know in advance if you are coming. Tickets can be found here.

Remember to stay healthy, stay respectful, and stay kind!

Keep it Colourful Elk Valley!

Fernie and Elk Valley people, we would love for you to show your colours! Pride does not have to be limited to just a few days so let’s keep Pride going all month long by putting a splash of colour into September!

Decorate your lawn or deck, line up your ROYGBIV book spines, paint some rocks, wear some amazing socks… or if you have a storefront, make an awesome window display — we love to see your colours!

Are you a retailer or restaurant and have some cool promotions or products? Let us know and we will highlight them on our social media!So keep it colourful and creative and let’s make September bright!

Send us a pic of your colours via email to info@ferniepride.ca or tag us using @ferniepridesociety or #elkvalleypridefestival on Facebook or Instagram! We would love to share your positive messages and keep the colours of Pride going all month long!All entries will be entered to win a Fernie Pride swag bag and you can enter as many times as you like!

Fernie Pride Buttons Are Here!

Buttons for stores

September is the time to show your Fernie Pride so celebrate the Elk Valley Pride Festival all month long with a fun and colourful Fernie Pride Society button!

Buttons are available to purchase by donation and it could not be any easier! Put your donation in the jar at either the Fernie Arts Station, the Fernie Heritage Library, Barkside Pets, Freyja Lifestyle Fashion, or the Fernie Museum.

Funds raised are directed to ensure the continuation of diverse and inclusive programming in the Elk Valley.

A big thank you to the amazing community supporters of the Fernie Pride Society and the Elk Valley Pride Festival!