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!

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!

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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!

Elk Valley Pride Festival 2020

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The Elk Valley Pride Festival is officially back for the fourth year from September 24-27 and we are so excited! To keep up to date on all the amazing happenings please make sure to visit the Festival page. Details and ticket links will be added as they arise so check frequently!

We are trying to keep as many of the events this year in the out-of-doors so please make sure to dress appropriately for all weather conditions. Tents will be provided as needed. Also, please note that food and beverages will not be available but you are welcome to bring your own nonalcoholic drinks and snacks — no sharing outside of your social bubble!

A big shout out to our amazing Festival sponsors! Thank you to the Government of Canada, City of Fernie, Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of the East Kootenay, TD Bank, Vancouver Pride, and the Park Place Lodge. We are so very grateful for your support!

 

FPS Board Welcomes Youth Member

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We are so excited to welcome Easton to the board of the Fernie Pride Society! Easton is stepping into the newly created Youth Member position and we could not be more thrilled to have her voice, perspective, and enthusiasm help guide us. A little about Easton:

“My name is Easton (she/her) and I am a grade 12 student in Fernie. I love biking, roller skating and all things musical. I am super exited to now be a part of the Fernie Pride Board!”

We cannot wait to have Easton join us at our August Board Meeting and look forward to creating new and exciting programming and initiatives with her and Elk Valley youth!

Rainbow Connections Summer Splash!

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Join the Fernie Pride Society on Friday, August 14 at 5:30pm at Maiden Lake for a Rainbow Connections Summer Splash!

Let’s meet at the lake for a paddle and a picnic. Not a water baby? No worries as there is plenty of grass to spread out a blanket and relax on.

As always….no alcoholic beverages, no sharing food, bring hand sanitizer, and maintain physical distance please!

Floaties, paddle boards, noodles….oh my!

(Please bring a towel and lifejacket if required)

Transgender Reproductive Health Research Study

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A new online research study, Transgender Reproductive Health (TRH): Contraceptive and Pregnancy Health Care Experiences is looking for participants. T

The goal of the study is to learn about the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals when accessing healthcare for contraception, preconception and pregnancy care.

This study is for people who live in Canada, are aged 18 years and older and were born with a uterus.This online research survey is available in English or French and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until August 31.

This study is funded by a small grant from Alberta Health Services (AHS) Research Challenge program. The AHS research challenge is a professional development opportunity for AHS front-line clinical staff to increase knowledge and skills to access, conduct and apply best-practice research. For the challenge, teams submit research project ideas based on clinical need and professional interest.

The research team would be very happy to answer any questions you might have and can be contacted via email at TRHresearch@ahs.ca.

The research team would like to thank you in advance for participating as your input is exceptionally valuable for creating inclusive and affirming reproductive healthcare.

The TRH research team: Tammy Troute-Wood (RN, MN); Dr. Julia Carter (MD, FCFP); Heather Cobb (BSc., PGCE); Natalie Anderson (RN MSc); Megan McQuiston (RN, BN); Alec Moorji (RN, BScN), Dr. Wendi Lokac-Diluzio (research mentor), Dr. Peter Kellett (research mentor), James Demers (community advisory, Executive Director, Calgary Queer Arts Society).

For more information about the research team, see www.trhstudy.com and click background.