CampOut! Registration Opens Soon


Youth aged 14-21 pay attention! CampOut! registration opens on February 15! This camp fills up quickly!

“CampOUT! is a leadership and learning summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon. The camp is held at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island, on unceded Coast Salish territories. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the camp provides opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources to support health and well-being (physical, mental, social, sexual, educational, and spiritual). Participants return to their home communities with new skills, resources, and friendships. CampOUT! provides a supportive space for LGBTQ2S+ youth to celebrate and be celebrated for who they are. We are getting ready for our 11th Annual CampOUT!, which will take place on Gambier Island from July 2-5, 2020!” for full details and registration info.

Transgender Awareness Week

Trans Awareness Week November 13 - 19 Transgender Day of Rememberance November 20

Trans rights are human rights.

November 13 marks the start of Transgender Awareness Week. Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing experiences, and advocating around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and the violence that disproportionately affects the transgender community, particularly for visible minorities. The Fernie Pride Society is proud to take part in Transgender Awareness Week.

With the passage of Bill C-16, Canadian history was made in June 2017 with both gender identity and gender expression becoming federally protected grounds in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. This was a significant step forward for the protection and legal recognition of trans and gender diverse communities in Canada.

To find out more about LGBTQ rights and protections in Canada please click here:…/…/services/rights-lgbti-persons.html

Trans 101 Lunch & Learn


70465802_10162408481345261_3914697093544935424_oJoin us for lunch and an informative afternoon workshop with Ankors Trans Connect representative Milo Leraar.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Trans Basics. Milo will help you understand the concepts, definitions, terms and expressions used when talking about trans identity, gender, sexual orientation and health and wellness. Whether you are an individual, a business owner, or a community group, come and learn more about your Trans friends, family, neighbours, customers and colleagues in a safer space.

Trans Care BC is improving gender-affirming care across BC. Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province. Follow the link below to find out more about Ankors Trans Connect and the services they offer.

Park Place Lodge: Spruce Room (Fireside)
Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, lunch will be served promptly at 12:15pm
Menu: Soup (GF Tomato Basil), Sandwiches (assorted) and fruit
Cost: $20.00 per person (EventBrite fees included)
Host: Fernie Pride Society

For tickets please click here. 

Please book ahead if you are planning to attend so we can make sure there is room for everyone.

Elk Valley Pride Festival 2019


The Elk Valley Pride Festival is coming up in less then a month! Mark your calendars for October 8-11 for a week of sharing, caring, exploring, learning, dancing, and so much more!

Kicking off with at Fernie City Hall with the Pride Festival Flag Raising and finishing with Indie Films Fernie there is sure to be something for everyone! For a complete festival schedule click here.

Pride in Fernie and the Elk Valley has grown and changed so much since the Fernie Pride Society was formed. We are working hard to create safer and more inclusive communities where LGBTQ2+ individuals can live, work, love, and play just as they are.

We want to thank everyone; staff, volunteers, the City of Fernie, donors and sponsors, partner organizations, and particularly each and every member of the LGBTQ2+ community and our allies for standing with the Fernie Pride Society and Elk Valley Pride Festival, and for showing your commitment to us. Join us to celebrate a beautiful, unique, and diverse community of people in beautiful Fernie BC.

We are always in need of volunteers to make this event as succcessful as possible. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Lori Bradish, Elk Valley Pride Festival Coordinator, at

Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all things Elk Valley Pride Festival!


Moving Forward for LGBTQ2 Canadians: A Pre-Election Statement

Context: On or before October 21 2019 Canada will conduct a federal election for the 43rd Canadian Parliament. Over the past five decades, our communities have seen ongoing progress regarding basic human rights and towards full inclusion in Canada society. Legal advances, including basic protections against discrimination and recognition of our relationships and families, have led to Canada being seen as a global leader in the advancement of human rights for sexual and gender minorities. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve true inclusion and acceptance. Many federal departments and agencies are now working to incorporate specific concerns and issues facing LGBTQ2 Canadians into public policy. No matter the results of the federal election, we are committed to moving forward on rights and equality for all LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Statement: We call on all political parties running in the Canadian Federal election to commit to ensuring that human rights for sexual and gender minorities are secure in Canada and that our communities continue to be reflected in all areas of federal policy, both domestic and international. There continue to be policy areas for Canada to improve in and we call on all future governments to continue to work with LGBTQ2 civil society organizations in moving forward to address issues that are still facing our communities.

This statement is being circulated by a number of coalitions and organizations across Canada including: the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC), le Conseil québécois LGBT, Dignity Network, Enchanté: the LGBTQ2 Centres Network, Egale Canada, & Fierté Canada Pride.

The Fernie Pride Society has endorsed this statement and added our signature. 

Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey

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Under 25 years and live in a the Elk Valley or a rural area? Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey!

Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is looking for individuals to participate in the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey Advisory. They’re looking to youth to help shape a national report that will share the experiences of trans and non-binary youth.

There are seven youth advisory groups taking place across Canada. The team at SARAYVC is recruiting for British Columbia and rural/territories. You will be among the first to see the results of the survey, share your perspective, and help create social change alongside other teens.

For more information, or to express interest, please contact SARAVYC Research Assistant, Shannon Millar at

The advisory groups are open to individuals who:
**Are between ages 14 to 25
**Identify as trans or non-binary
**And live in Canada

Interested? Here’s more info about the groups.
—-Groups will include approximately 6-8 youth
–Each advisory group will meet 4 times during the 2019/2020 school year
–Each group session will be approximately 2 hours
–Each participant will receive an honorarium for every meeting they attend

Rural/Territories group info
–The rural/territories youth advisory group will meet via Skype
–Rural means anyone living outside of big city areas (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Calgary)
–We are looking for youth who live in places with populations under 60,000 and do not visit big cities very often

AND check out the poster below for info on the upcoming Community Health Wellness Fair hosted by Trans Care BC!

Beers & Queers Summer Fun Time!

August PosterJoin Fernie Pride Society on Thursday, August 8 for an evening of outdoor summer fun followed by a casual gathering at The Valley Social! Meet at James White Park at 6:00pm for an hour of frisbee, picnicking, reading, or whatever you would like to do to relax in the sun with friends. Then head on up to The Valley Social at 7:30pm for our monthly Beers & Queers gathering! Snacks and nonalcoholic drinks provided. Others available to purchase. Thank you to EKCCU for supporting this event!