The biggest of congratulations to Gwen Cannon — the winner of our LGBTQ2+ YOUth Hoodie Design Contest! Gwen’s design illustrates that, “no matter what others say, be strong and be yourself. I did a dragon as dragons are usually depicted as strong, powerful, and fierce. So no matter what others say, be strong like a dragon and let the world know your name.”Thank you so much Gwen for your beautiful submission and your thoughtful and brave words — the future looks bright with youth like you! Thank you to the Tegan and Sara Foundation for supporting this project and to the amazing youth in the Elk Valley for inspiring us all to be strong like a dragon!
We are so excited that CFS – Sexual Health Centre will be joining us virtually on Wednesday, January 20 and 27 for a two-session, LGBTQ2+ sex ed workshop!
If you are an LGBTQ2+ youth and want to learn more about sex, sexuality, healthy relationships, etc please join in this FREE two class course. Zoom info will be available in January at ferniepride.ca/youth. If interest dictates, we are happy to extend these sessions past the original two to include further discussion topics as they are identified.
The Centre for Sexuality aims to normalize sexual health by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services. The Centre for Sexuality program is interactive and discussion-based, and gives youth the tools to navigate the world of healthy sexuality and make healthy decisions. By taking a holistic view, recognizing that good sexual health is intrinsic to having a healthy body, healthy relationships, and a healthy community, the Centre for Sexuality is staffed with health and education professionals that are excited to spend time with Elk Valley youth. Visit centreforsexuality.ca to learn more about this great organization.
Mark your calendars and get those pencils sharpened for the December 11 Rainbow Connections Christmas Classic — Ugly Sweater Trivia Night!
Gathering apart does not mean that we still do not get to have some festive fun together so slap on some antlers, your finest frock, and get a glass of grog as we gather in front of our computers for some good old fashioned holiday fun! Join in as Quiz Master Jade takes us through four rounds of trivia and we are assured that there will be questions for all ages so no need to worry if pop culture from 2017 is not your strongest suit.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Zoom link for monthly peer-to-peer conversation group for LGBTQ2+ people in the Elk Valley and beyond. To join the monthly meeting please click the link below. Please be respectful and kind.
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.
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!
Welcome to our Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt! The rules are simple:
- you will need to form a team, no larger than 6 people (people in your social bubble is best!)
- if you are solo and need a team we will be happy to put you on one
- the Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt can be done virtually or in person
- 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 email@example.com. 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!
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!