To kick-off Pride Month, Borderland Pride will hold a special rainbow flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday, June 3 starting at 12:00 PM (Central Time).
This online event will be live-streamed from Fort Frances by our sponsor, MJ Interactive. We ask community members and media to tune in online on our Facebook page or through MJ Interactive’s page.
The event will include remarks from the following individuals on the importance of showing that #PrideLivesHere:
Mayor June Caul, Town of Fort Frances
Chief Brian Perrault, Couchiching First Nation
Douglas W. Judson, Co-Chair of Borderland Pride
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This ceremony will adhere to social distancing protocols. As such, the public is asked not to attend in person. Media questions or requests for comment can be directed to officials by email or phone afterwards. In the event that there is an issue with internet connectivity that prevents live-streaming, the event will be video recorded and posted online as soon as possible.
A Facebook event page has been created here.
So far in 2020, Borderland Pride has received Pride Month resolutions or proclamations from several area communities, including the Town of Fort Frances, the City of International Falls, the City of Ranier, the Township of Morley, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, and Couchiching First Nation.
Several online, 'pandemic-proof' Pride events are in the works for the month ahead.
“Pride in 2020 is about showing solidarity in the face of isolation. That isolation is a feeling all too familiar to LGBTQ2 people living in small communities, and sometimes it has tragic consequences. When we are isolated with unsupportive families or away from our usual sources of strength, it is important to know and see that our institutions and community leaders are in our corner. While we have experienced some setbacks this year, Borderland Pride is proud to have municipal and Indigenous leadership figures from across the region recognize Pride Month and the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion.” - Douglas W. Judson, Co-Chair, Borderland Pride
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