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Fierté Canada Pride Presents BEYOND THE RAINBOW: Advocating For Diversity Every Day

The 2024 conference will take place from March 7 – 10, 2024 in Charlottetown, PEI…

The Fierté Canada Pride National Conference is an annual gathering of Canada’s most active 2SLGBTQIA+ community leaders and allies. Hosted in what is now known as Charlottetown by Pride PEI from March 7-10, 2024, delegates from over 75 Pride organizations, as well as community organizations, government agencies, grassroots groups, and change-makers, will gather on the unceded and traditional lands of the Mi’kma’ki and Wabanaki people under the theme of “Beyond The Rainbow: Advocating for Diversity Every Day.”

“Fierté Canada Pride is excited to bring our National Conference & AGM back to Atlantic Canada after 7 years. We eagerly anticipate bringing together community leaders and pride organizers from across Turtle Island in Charlottetown in March 2024,” said Alessandro Iachelli, Executive Director of Fierté Canada Pride. 

Advocating for diversity and inclusion 365 days a year 
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 that embraces and supports the experiences and needs of all its members; while also creating safe and inclusive spaces where individuals can express themselves authentically without fear of discrimination or judgement. When Pride organisations consistently advocate for diversity, they serve as role models and inspirations for others. Leading by example, they encourage individuals, organisations, and communities to embrace diversity, challenge biases, and work towards equality.

Learning from each other
The conference will offer an unparalleled opportunity for community leaders from 2SLGBTQIA+ organisations across the country to connect and learn from each other. In keeping with this theme, a diverse roster of workshop presenters will speak about Two-Spirit programming and youth, cultivating inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ people from Middle Eastern cultures, trans access to healthcare, sex and disability, and the importance of pronouns, among other topics. Pride organisers will also benefit from workshops about InterPride, radical programming, accessibility at Pride, creating ephemeral spaces, and international Pride grand marshals. 

“This gathering aims to foster learning, engagement, and empowerment within our diverse communities. The conference will serve as a vital platform for knowledge-sharing and networking, acting as a catalyst for the upcoming pride season. Our sincere aspiration, shared by the entire organisation, is to ensure a rewarding experience for all delegates, with a particular focus on those representing smaller or rural regions and members of equity-deserving groups within our community,” said Iachelli.

Workshops on community safety and security 
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 organisations that FCP administered starting June 2023. The conference will provide a forum for Pride organisers to debrief, share experiences and best practices with colleagues both in large cities and small towns.  

Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) is the national association of Canadian Pride organisations founded in 2004. More information about the conference, workshop offerings, as well as registration and information about travel and accommodations, can be found on FCP’s website:

Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) is the national association of Canadian Pride organisations founded in 2004. Powered by a governance structure consisting of an elected Board of Directors and 4 Leadership Councils as well as a staff team leading the operations of the organisation, FCP’s membership is made up of over 90 Pride organisations from almost every region of the country. FCP’s mission is to strengthen Pride organisations and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities through elevating marginalised peoples, practising reconciliation in action, collaborating intentionally, building capacity, and advocating for systemic change. 

FCP envisions a world where Pride & 2SLGBTQIA+ movements and communities that are connected, accessible, accountable, intersectional and equitable. Our Values: Reconciliation, Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism, Accountability & Integrity, Collaboration & Capacity Building, Mutual Care & Dignity. FCP holds an Annual Conference & AGM as well as being the licensor of the Canada Pride Festival & Human Rights Conference. 

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