Pride National Conference

2024 event to be hosted by Pride PEI—Mar 7 to 10

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The 2024 Fierté Canada Pride National Conference is an annual gathering of Canada’s most active 2SLGBTQIA+ community leaders and allies. Hosted for the first time in Charlottetown by Pride PEI from March 7–10, delegates from over 100 Pride organizations, as well as community organizations, government agencies, grassroots groups and changemakers, will gatherunder the theme: Beyond The Rainbow: Advocating for Diversity Every Day.

While Pride events and celebrations are important for raising awareness and visibility, advocating for diversity goes beyond a single month or event. It requires continuous efforts to create an inclusive environment where all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), feel welcomed, respected, and supported. Advocating for diversity every day helps to foster a more inclusive community while also creating safe and inclusive spaces where individuals can express themselves authentically without fear of discrimination or judgement. 

The conference will offer an unparalleled opportunity for community leaders from 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations (and non-2SLGBTQIA+ entities) across the country to connect, learn from each other, and form strategic partnerships. In keeping with this theme, a diverse roster of workshop presenters will speak on topics about Two-Spirit programming and youth, cultivating inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ people from Middle Eastern cultures, trans access to healthcare, sex and disability, the importance of pronouns, capacity-building and relevant economic issues among others. Pride organizers will also benefit from workshops about InterPride, radical programming, accessibility at Pride, creating ephemeral spaces, and international Pride grand marshals.

At this time, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are increasingly the targets of hate, protestors are demanding the elimination of SOGI curricula, and some provincial governments are explicitly restricting protections for trans and gender-diverse youth. The 2024 FCP conference will include workshops on Community Safety and Security, following up on the $1.5 million emergency safety funds for Pride organizations that FCP administered starting June 2023. The conference will provide a forum for Pride organizers to debrief, sharing experiences and best practices with colleagues from both in large cities and small towns.

Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) is the national association of Canadian Pride organizations founded in 2004. Info/register: fiertecanadapride.org