International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

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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 Update

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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.

Trans Connect

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Click here for FacebookemailInstagramwebsite, or call Milo at 250-226-7618.

Transgender Day of Visibility

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Today, March 31, is Transgender Day of Visibility. This is a time of empowerment, celebration, and acknowledgement and to give trans people the recognition they deserve!

Visibility is not about being seen as an individual: it’s working together to transform society and the Fernie Pride Society is honoured to work with you to aid this transformation and to work to fight discrimination and inequality.

The courage to live openly and authentically should be applauded everyday but for today we want to say thank you for you and all that you do. Transgender Day of Visibility is the time to show your support for the trans community. Learn 10 things you can do today for clicking here!

Elk Valley Pride Festival Support

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The Fernie Pride Society has submitted a grant to the RDEK for the CBT Affected Area Program. Normally, we would go and present on our organization and the importance of our work to Elk Valley Communities. As all public meetings are unfortunately closed due to COVID-19 they are asking for online feedback from you!

Please take a few minutes and click hereto say how and why our work is valued and why it is critical to continue events like the Elk Valley Pride Festival.

Thanks to each and everyone one of you for taking a few minutes to do this and we can’t wait to say thanks in person soon!

Comments are due by April 8.

Griz Days Parade Float Fun!

 

Griz Days is coming up soon and we could not be more excited! Fernie Pride will have an awesome presence at the Griz Days parade this year thanks to L’wrennie Farkas and her stellar volunteers!

But we still need some help…..keen to get involved? Our float theme this year is One Love and tie-dye and we would love for people to walk and dance with Fernie Pride down Main Street. The more love and tie-dye the better!

The parade is Saturday, March 7 at 6:30pm. To find out more or to join in please email Courtney or show up at the parade start between 5:30-6:00pm!

Fernie Pride Society Annual General Meeting

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Please join the Fernie Pride Society in the Spruce Room at the Park Place Lodge on Monday, March 9 at 6:30pm for our Annual General Meeting.

Refreshments will be available as will the opportunity to purchase or renew a Fernie Pride Society Membership. You can also renew or purchase a Membership online  by clicking here. This meeting is open to the public but you must be a member (aged 18+) in good standing to vote.

Ordinary business to be conducted is:
-Adopting the agenda;
-Adopting the minutes of the previous AGM;
-Presentation of the annual financial statements for fiscal year 2019;
-Report on the activities of the organization in the past year;
-Election of new directors.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Camp fYrefly Registration This February!

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And next on the summer camp heads up is Camp fYrefly taking place in Southern Alberta cities! Registration is opening soon so check their webpage often for updates!

Camp fYrefly is an educational, social, and personal leadership retreat for queer and trans youth. It focuses on building and nurturing leadership skills and personal resiliency in an effort to help learn how to make significant contributions to their own lives and to their schools, home/group-home environments, and communities. Camp is designed for queer and trans youth between the ages of 14 and 24.

Camp fYrefly is set-up the same as any youth summer camp, which means they provide accommodations, meals, activities, workshops, counselling support, and so much more! The schedule includes multiple, concurrent daily workshop sessions, large group activities including plenary sessions by special guests, free time, and structured time that allows Campers and their Youth Leaders to check-in and debrief with each other in small groups. They also host a talent showcase on the last night of camp, which over time has become the heart of their programming.

https://www.ualberta.ca/camp-fyrefly for all the fun details!