Community Engagement & Our Commitment

Capital Pride Edmonton (CPE) is committed to uplifting QTBIPOC organizations to work towards a new, more inclusive Pride. We understand the harm done in the past, and why you may be skeptical of a new Pride organizations. We are a small group of hard working folks are to mending the fractures that currently exist in our community. Pride has not always been a great experience for everyone, and we are working to change that. Throughout the month of June and beyond, we are working to hear the voices of everyone that wants to have a voice in Pride. We are doing this by:

  • Providing paid consultations to meet with representatives of each 2SLGBTQ+ and QTBIPOC organization/collective, to learn what they want to see happen in Pride 2023 and beyond.  We want to hear the voices of organizations who support our community, as each organization sees the unique needs of each queer community. Please let us know if your organization would like to participate, and we will schedule a meeting as soon as we can. 
  • We will hold three paid brainstorming groups for the 2S, QTBIPOC and other underrepresented queer communities to see what is needed for future pride celebrations. Not just to have a seat at the table, but to have a voice and be heard. We also have surveys that we will be giving to community members at each event, and will be available on our website.
  • Actively attending independently organized Pride events to get their perspective by asking folks to complete a “SURVEY that will add their voice to the equation.

While we are just starting out, we care about community and we want to make sure that we are upholding the needs of those who have told us what Pride means to them in the past. Please feel free to take a look at our current commitment to community below.

If you want to get involved, please fill out our SURVEY (which has a section to sign up for our paid Community Engagement Sessions). We will give priority for our paid sessions to those who have multiple intersections of identity, and who are a visible minority in our community.

We will be creating a booklet with the responses that we gather through the year and will be sharing our results publicly (while maintaining confidentiality for those who wish to remain anonymous). Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the work we are doing!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want to get involved in another way.

Our Commitment to Community

  • Each year, we will give half of everything we make from Pride events from events to local QTBIPOC organizations. It is our intention for these resources to go towards queer specific housing supports, mental health and funding for basic needs, however, these organizations can put the money wherever they see the most. We want to support these important causes, and the best way to do so is to put money in the hands of the dedicated people who are already doing the work.
  • We will be providing paid consultations to meet with representatives of each 2SLGBTQ+ and QTBIPOC organization/collective, to learn what they want to see happen in Pride 2023 and beyond.  We want to hear the voices of organizations who support our community, as each organization sees the unique needs of each queer community. Please let us know if your organization would like to participate by responding to this email, and we will schedule a meeting as soon as we can. 
  • We will hold three paid brainstorming groups for the 2S, QTBIPOC and other underrepresented queer communities to see what is needed for future pride celebrations. Not just to have a seat at the table, but to have a voice and be heard. We also have surveys that we will be giving to community members at each event, and will be available on our website.
  • We will train our board members in anti-discrimination and anti-oppression practices. This training is also available to other community members that are interested in attending. 
  • Uplifting QTBIPOC voices by having speeches by community members on their needs through various events. If you are interested in attending, please let us know.
  • At all future pride events we will provide mental health support by having tents where queer individuals can meet with therapists who are a part of the community. We will have a 2S healing tent, and a mental health tent for others in our community. 
  • After this years Pride, we will develop a board that considers QTBIPOC and marginalized queer individuals first. We will be doing interviews for these positions with QTBIPOC individuals, and bringing people who have lived experience of these intersections first. 
  • Public facing promotion of various 2S and QTBIPOC queer organizations at all events we are attending.
  • Requesting no police presence at our events, (understanding that security is important, but should be by individuals, not police. If police wish to attend as community members, we ask that they do so out of uniform).
  • Holding a Vigil at the end of each year, to honor and raise awareness for those who were not able to attend Pride this year.

We are starting from the ground up, and want to ensure that we have a solid foundation. You may be seeing promotional ads for Pride Fest and other community events. Though we will put them on our Community Calendar – these are not our events. This year, We are focused on gathering information from 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and groups who care about being represented at Pride, and we will be preparing for a more equitable Pride next year. We will be at most of these events, talking to community members, raising funds for QTBIPOC organizations and next years pride, and giving speeches but that is the extent of our involvement.

Although we are an organization tasked with putting on a festival, we understand the repercussions of a poorly run festival can have within the greater 2SLGBTQ+ community. We really want to work with you to build something great. We welcome your input, and the input of any other organizations or people in the community that you may recommend. We want to know who the best people to talk to are, and how they can be approached respectfully. If there are ways to support the QTBIPOC community that we have not thought of, we want to know.

We want to get this right. 

In solidarity, 

– The Capital Pride Edmonton Board