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.

Covid-19 Community Assistance Funding

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Are you a resident of the Elk Valley, LGBTQ2+, and are experiencing financial strain due to Covid-19? The Fernie Pride Society has a defined amount of funding available to assist with food, medical, and prescription needs.

Please contact info@ferniepride.ca to obtain info and assistance. This project is limited and will cease once all funding is distributed. Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation for their support in making this happen.

“The Vancouver Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC. Since 1943, our donors have created 1,800 endowment funds and together we have distributed more than $1 billion to charities. From arts and culture to the environment, health and social development, education, medical research and more, we exist to make meaningful and lasting improvements to communities in BC”

Montane Meet-Up

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The next Rainbow Connections evening is on Friday, July 10 at 5:30pm! We will be taking a stroll up to the Montane Hut, picnicking with the amazing view, and then heading home.

Please meet at the Montane Barn parking lot on Coal Creek Road at 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start of the walk.

Please wear appropriate shoes, BYO picnic/snacks, remember the Covid rules….AND 
pack it in, pack it out and leave no trash behind. See you there!

Open Mic Night

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Join the Fernie Pride Society and host Taryn McKenna for an evening of open mic performances from the comfort of wherever you happen to be! All ages, all performance types welcome but please keep it clean!

This event will be via Zoom and performer sign-up will be on the chat function. Registration to attend is available through Eventbrite on either our Facebook event page or click here.

Let’s come together for a fun, virtual gathering where we can socialize, sing, and just generally celebrate the talents of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies.

If you have any questions please email Courtney at info@ferniepride.ca.

FPS Youth Advisory Position

Hey, YOUth

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 info@ferniepride.ca. We can’t wait to meet you!

Rainbow Connections Picnic

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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!
Who: Everyone!

**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!**

Indigenous History Month

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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.”