The word ‘Pride’ is used to describe a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. Canmore Pride Society recognizes the achievements of Queer elders and allies over the decades to bring us where we are standing today. We recognize the actions and advocacy of those at Stonewall in 1969; we give our gratitude to the prominent figures who fought for and continue to fight for the rights of our community. Not only do we have pride in our communities roots, we also have pride in ourselves; who and how we love, how we identify and pride in LGBTQ2S+ values across all cultures and nationalities. We believe that to love whoever you love is a basic human right that we all deserve.
As our community celebrates the level of diversity and inclusion we experience today, we also recognize that there is still a great amount of work to be done. We believe that education, alongside inclusion will help to build a community of trust and collaboration. We strive to continue to develop programs and frameworks to further promote safer environments in every setting -be it in the workplace, in schools, in healthcare and in community events.
We welcome allies and supporting businesses who strive to educate themselves and implement policies that create authentic safe spaces for service users and employees. Our vision is to represent people across the entire Rainbow Spectrum and to connect members of the Canmore community who identify as Queer or those who may be questioning their sexuality in a safe, respectful environment.
Canmore Pride Society has been organized to create a community for LGBTQ2S+ Canmore residents and visitors where they feel safe, accepted and welcome. We focus on creating events and advocate for spaces that establish visibility and allow inclusivity for those of all ages across the Queer spectrum. Our purpose is to educate allies and to appreciate the history of our community, all whilst celebrating the freedoms we have today.
Canmore Pride Society recognizes that we are on stolen land. We acknowledge that we operate on the territory of Treaty 7. There is a long-standing connection to the Bow Valley around Canmore for many Indigenous nations – Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Ktunaxa, Secwépemc, Dene, Mountain Cree, and Métis. We acknowledge these past, present, and future generations and stand with them in solidarity.