Toronto – May 27, 2019 – Once again, UFCW Canada activists across the country are preparing for another fun and colourful Pride season. All UFCW members, as well as their family members and friends, are encouraged to join their Local Union and the UFCW Canada National Office at Pride parades and events throughout the summer.
This year, UFCW Local Unions will be attending over 28 pride parades, with additional participation in Ontario. As well, UFCW Canada is co-sponsoring Pride House at the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, which will function as a community hub for LGBTQI2S conference delegates, speakers, volunteers, and allies. Also in Vancouver, UFCW’s constituency group for LGBTQ+ members, OUTreach, will be joining UFCW Locals 1518 and 247 at the Vancouver Pride Parade on August 4. And this Pride season, our union is teaming up with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) to support their POZitivity campaign, an anti-stigma initiative aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness.
Additionally, UFCW Canada will be collaborating with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who will join UFCW Locals 175 and 1006A for the annual Pride Toronto Parade taking place on Dish with One Spoon territory on June 23. At the parade, UFCW and First Nations flags will be featured, along with Pride signs and messaging in both English and Anishnawbe.
“Pride is about inclusivity,” says Paul Meinema, the National President of UFCW Canada. “It is about letting members know that UFCW stands with them in celebration and in advocacy, and that all members, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are welcome in our union.”
Below you will find a list of parades, events, and festivals taking place in major cities across the country this Pride season. UFCW Canada Local Unions participate in many of these events, so check with your Local Union for more details. We hope to see you out loud and proud for this year’s Pride season!
Prince Edward Island
PEI Pride (Charlottetown, Summerside & Victoria, PEI): July 20 to 31 – https://www.facebook.com/PridePEI/
Saint John Pride (Saint John, NB): August 6 to 11 – https://www.facebook.com/saintjohnpride/
River of Pride/Rivère de Fierté (Moncton, NB): August 24 to 31 – https://www.fiertemonctonpride.com/main-page
Le rendez-vous de la fierté Acadie Love (Caraquet, NB): July 10 to 13 – https://www.acadielove.ca/
Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec (Quebec City, QC): August 29 to September 1 – https://fetearcenciel.ca/en/
Fierté Montréal (Montréal, QC): August 8 to 18 – https://fiertemtl.com/
Fière la fête (Sherbrooke, QC): August 21 to 24 – https://fierelafete.ca/
Fierté Val D’Or (Val D’Or, QC): May 17 to 19 – https://www.facebook.com/fiertevaldor/
Capital Pride/Fierté dans la Capitale (Ottawa-Gatineau, ON/QC): August 18 to 25 – https://ottawacapitalpride.ca/
Pembroke Pride (Pembroke, ON): June 7 to 15 – http://www.pembrokepride.com/
Cornwall Pride (Cornwall, ON): July 5 to 7 – https://cornwallpride.org/
Kingston Pride (Kingston, ON): June 1 to 30 – https://www.kingstonpride.ca/
Fierté Timmins Pride (Timmins, ON): June 3 to 8 – https://www.facebook.com/TimminsPride/
Muskoka Pride (Muskoka, ON): July 19 to 28 – http://www.muskokapride.com/
Fierté Simcoe Pride (Simcoe County, ON): July 29 to August 11 – http://www.simcoepride.com/
Pride Toronto (Toronto, ON): June 1 to 23 – http://www.pridetoronto.com/
Pride Hamilton (Hamilton, ON): June 1 to 30 – https://www.facebook.com/pridehamilton/
Oxford County Pride (Oxford County, ON): June 1 to 24 – https://oxfordpride.ca/
Tri-Pride (Waterloo Region, ON): TBA – https://tri-pride.ca/
London Pride (London, ON): July 18 to 28 – http://pridelondon.ca/
Elliot Lake Pride (Elliot Lake, ON): May 23 to 27 – http://www.elpride.ca/
Borderland Pride (Rainy River District, ON / Koochiching County, MN): TBA – https://www.borderlandpride.org/
Thunder Pride (Thunder Bay, ON): June 15 – https://www.facebook.com/ThunderPride/
Winnipeg Pride (Winnipeg): May 24 to June 2 – https://www.pridewinnipeg.com/
Elk Valley Pride (Fernie, BC): October 8 to 13 – http://elkvalleypridefestival.com/
Kelowna Pride (Kelowna, BC): June 15 to 22 – http://www.kelownapride.com/
New West Pride (New Westminster, BC): August 10 to 17 – https://newwestpride.ca/
Vancouver Pride (Vancouver, BC): August 2 to 5 – http://www.vancouverpride.ca/
Vancouver Dyke March (Vancouver, BC): August 4 – http://www.vancouverdykemarch.com/wordpress/
Iqaluit Pride Weekend (Iqaluit, NV): May 17 to 19 – https://www.facebook.com/groups/419262831545970/
Yukon Pride – 24 Hours of Gaylight (Whitehorse, YK): June 6 to 9 – http://www.queeryukon.com/
For more information regarding UFCW Canada’s advocacy work on LGBTQ12S issues, check out www.ufcw.ca/pride.