The Fernie Pride Society is seeking an Elk Valley youth for our volunteer Board of Directors!
This person would provide a youth perspective on everything from events and programming, to policies and strategic planning. Your voice will help us ensure that LGBTQ2+ perspectives of all ages are considered whether it be for advocacy, outreach, and more.
Your role would include: enabling Elk Valley youth to learn about and support Fernie Pride Society and its activities, provide insight on youth engagement and outreach, and ensure the voice of youth is heard by decision makers through new and existing initiatives. In short, we need you!
Interested? If you are between the ages of 16-18 and want to find out how to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to meet you!
Join the Fernie Pride Society this coming Friday, June 12 from 6-8pm for a Picnic in The Park!
This family friendly, all ages and interests event is organized by Rainbow Connections (formerly Beers & Queers).
Rainbow Connections will have fun, outdoor events on the 2nd Friday of every month so make sure to keep your eyes open for upcoming activities!
When: Friday, June 12 from 6-8pm
Where: Annex Park Duck Pond area
What: Picnic, conversations, and fun!
**Please observe physical distancing and other Covid-19 measures. BYO picnic things, food, and nonalcoholic beverages. Please do not share with those outside your bubble. Feel free to share as many laughs as you like though!**
We all know that June is Pride Month but did you also know is is Indigenous History Month? Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating, and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada and a time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples.
For a great read check out: https://www.abs-canada.org/…/two-spirit-identity-and-indig…/.
“Indigenous History Month and Pride Month are important catalysts in widening and deepening the discussions surrounding Indigeneity, queerness, and especially Two-Spirited peoples who navigate both spaces and often feel marginalized within them. However, recognition is only a starting point in terms of breaking down barriers and achieving true equality.”
CONTEST TIME! Purchase or renew a Fernie Pride Society membership and get entered to win some cool Fernie Pride swag!
When you purchase a membership, you are supporting a great organization. Your membership helps us to show community partners that our organization is needed in the Elk Valley, which helps us secure support and funding for some great programming and initiatives.
And it is super easy and affordable! One year is $10 and a 3-year membership is only $20! CLICK HERE to purchase now and put your name into the contest!
Happy Pride Month to all! It may look a little different this year but remember that Pride is not cancelled. Pride is a not a tangible space. Pride exists every day of every year in our actions, strength, courage, challenges, passions, protests, friendships, relationships, lives, and loves.
The in-person hugs may not happen but this month we will celebrate and take comfort in the knowledge that the collective voices remain heard and relevant and important.
For a brief history of Pride Month and for suggestions on LGBTQ+ history reading click here.
Please follow Cranbrook Pride to stay current on all of the amazing things they will be bringing you this July! Unfortunately, the celebration in 2020 will be a virtual one but that doesn’t mean that there will not be a party! A big thanks to the organizers, volunteers, and supporters for making sure Cranbrook Pride remains a great community event for all!
Sunday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.
Join Fernie Pride for a #IDAHOTB walk this Sunday at 2 PM leaving from the Fernie Skatepark and walking towards Hosmer on the Elk Valley Trail. We will walk for approximately 45 minutes in that direction and then return for a 90ish minute walk.
Everyone is welcome; participants must observe social distancing of two metres and dress appropriately for weather.
We look forward to celebrating this important day with all of you and taking it outside with Fernie Pride!
For more info on IDAHOTB please visit www.may17.org.
Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national youth leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, asexual, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The camp provides a space for youth to explore their identity, build resilience and enhance self-esteem, all while having an awesome camp experience. Participants return home with a support network of positive friendships, trusted adult mentors, and an empowered sense of self.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic a physical Camp fYrefly in Kananaskis (June 30-July 3) will unfortunately not be running. While we know that nothing will quite replace the in-person experience of Camp fYrefly, the amazing organizers are committed to creating an online and remote option so participants still have access to support and community. Camp fYrefly is a space that exists not just alongside a river or lake, in a cabin or forest but in the hearts, minds and connections to community. Further updates will be available soon to provide more info on online camp.
We know that Fernie loves film so make sure to watch the 22nd Annual Fairy Tales Film Festival from the comfort of your couch, May 14-24! Support the Calgary Queer Arts Society and help give a voice to LGBTQ stories.
Visit fairytalesfilmfest.com for tickets and complete festival schedule now!