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Regina, Sask. – February 11, 2020 – UFCW Canada activists recently attended the Fierte Canada Pride National Conference, held in Regina, Saskatchewan from February 6 to 9. For the second year in a row, UFCW Canada was a proud sponsor of the event, helping to support over 70 pride organizations in the country both celebrate and advocate for issues affecting LGBTQI2S Canadians.
Held on an annual basis since 2008, this year’s conference was co-ordinated in partnership with Queen City Pride and brought together approximately 275 individuals to discuss a range of human rights issues. These included workplace inclusion, current events, and the importance of honouring two-spirit identities and traditions. The conference also featured a gala and a presentation by Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, who engaged participants in the federal government’s plan to eliminate conversion therapy in Canada.
According to Fierte Canada Pride, over 125 pride-related events were held across the country in 2019, with participation from over 6.5 million Canadians. And once again, UFCW Canada Local Unions turned out to show their pride at parades and other pride events across the country last year.
“As the largest expression of LGBTQI2S culture, pride parades present an important opportunity to show our union’s solidarity with workers of all sexual identities and orientations, and to honour the longstanding work being done by pride organizations throughout Canada,” says Emmanuelle Lopez-Bastos, UFCW Canada’s Human Rights, Equity, and Diversity Co-ordinator.
“We would like to congratulate Fierte Canada Pride on their integral work in helping to strengthen LGBTQ12S rights and culture in Canada. And in support of that work, UFCW will be loud and proud at pride events from coast to coast this year,” she adds.
For more information on UFCW Canada’s work to achieve justice for LGBTQI2S Canadians, visit our Union Pride webpage.