Festival & Parade
Grand Marshals have historically been 2SLGBTQAI+ serving groups or individuals who have made a positive difference in our communities. As we celebrate Vancouver Pride 2022, we recognize those whose activism contributes to the betterment of our communities while inspiring others to join.
Celebrate with your Grand Marshals at the Vancouver Pride Parade on July 31.
Uplifting our 2022 Grand Marshals
As a cis-pansexual educator and community activist, my academic and organizing background in anti-oppression work has always placed 2SsLGBTQAI+ issues at the forefront of my work and as a necessary intersectional lens through which to both take action, be it pedagogically, curriculum-wise, organizing, always making space, and trying to liberate and elevate queer voices and experiences.
Tiyáltelut Kristen Rivers is a proud queer Indigenous woman of Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw descent with extensive governance experience and a deep lived commitment to reconciliation and advancing social and economic justice. Kristen is presently in her second consecutive term on the Squamish Nation Council while also pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University.
In addition to over a decade of experience serving on numerous governance boards and appointments, Kristen has most recently honed her skills in the areas of strategic leadership and ethical decision-making through serving three years as elected Co-Chair of the Squamish Nation Council (a position equivalent to an elected Chief in other Nations), as well as Deputy Chair of the Nation’s Finance and Audit Committee and an active member of numerous other Council Committees.
Kristen is proud to have driven the Squamish Nation’s work in creating a rental assistance program—the first of its kind in BC—to alleviate some of the pressure felt by Nation members paying market rent off-reserve amidst a housing crisis. Kristen also played an instrumental role in pursuing and implementing the Living Wage for Families certification to improve the lives and economy of her community through her work as Chair of the Squamish Nation’s Human Resources Committee.
She presently holds positions on the boards of Vancity Credit Union, New Relationship Trust and Justice Institute of BC, is an appointed member of the City of Vancouver’s UNDRIP Task Force, and serves the Squamish Nation’s over 4,000 members through her work on Council committees.
In the fall of 1971 the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court of Portland, Oregon, having just elected their first Rose Empress, invested the late Ted Northe with the title Empress of Canada. Upon his return to Vancouver that year, ted began the formulation of Vancouver’s own court system: The Dogwood Empire. In March of 1972, Vancouver held its first Coronation at the Commodore Ballroom and crowned its first elected Empress, the late Charity I. In the following years Vancouver mentored other Canadian courts into fruition and as a result holds the honorary title of The Mother Court of Canada.
On January 6th, 1976 The Dogwood Monarchist Society was constituted under the Provincial Societies Act as a not-for-profit organization tasked with providing
social interaction within Vancouver’s 2SLGBTQAI+ community and upholding the principles of a democratic monarchy. The constitution was presented as a gift from Emperor III Little Ray to his Empress Bobbi Blake IV at their step down in March of 1976.
Although not mandated to do so, the DMS has, from its earliest
days, displayed a charitable leaning by providing funds in times of disaster or hardship for community members. By the early 1980’s, with the advent of the HIV crisis, the DMS became, for all intents and purposes, a charitable organization.
The bylaws of the Society were eventually amended to mandate the support of three local charities, to be chosen by the reigning monarchs, one of which must
be dedicated to the support of people living with HIV.
Learn more about Dogwood Monarchist Society here.
As the 50th Elected Empress of Vancouver, BC, the Mother Court of Canada, Fancy Pants continues her Ministry of JOYous community service and sacred activism that started 6 years ago as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, and then Ms. Gay Vancouver 40 for the Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation.
Known for her unique aesthetic, she brings a refreshing take on drag and fundraising. Her manga-style makeup has helped her bring awareness to many causes, locally and internationally. She has fundraised for and participated in HIV/AIDS related events in
Thailand, Australia and all over USA. She has cycled AIDS/LifeCycle (877 KM San
Francisco to LA) and Hill Country Ride for AIDS in Austin, TX, while wearing full makeup and not sweating any of it off.
Locally, she has cycled 600 KM with Friends For Life Bike
Rally from Toronto to Montreal, and ran the ScotiaBank Half Marathon in Vancouver for Dr. Peter Centre, again in full drag makeup. Representation of her Asian heritage is also on display every
month as a Co-Host and Reporter for the long-running queer TV show “Outlook TV”, airing across Canada on OUT TV and streaming on outtvgo. Her stories focus on shining a light on queer Canadians and the work they are doing to
promote queer representation in society.
I am truly grateful to the community and humbled for this incredible honour as a Vancouver Pride 2022 Parade Grand Marshall, alongside HMISM Empress 50 at 50 Fancy Pants. Representing the Dogwood Monarchist Society, the Mother Court of Canada, on their 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary as an ambassador and the 50th elected Emperor of Vancouver is my absolute pleasure. My greatest wish in this role is to bring people together in a Joyful celebration of Love and Togetherness.
The DMS is an organization rich in history and tradition, founded in 1971 by Her Imperial Sovereign Majesty ted northe the Empress of Canada. 50 years of noble deeds and dedicated community service by 90 Monarchs, elected by the community, who came before myself and this year’s amazing Executive board and team of Volunteers.
As a lifelong resident of the west end of Vancouver with a passion for community service this is truly a dream realized. Helping others in need, fundraising and creating awareness for non-profits that serve some our most vulnerable citizens has been life enhancing for me beyond my wildest dreams. I am so fortunate to work at St. Pauls Hospital-Providence Healthcare doing a job I love; with people I admire in an environment where I am encouraged to be myself. I recently joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Sister Vicky has also found her place in the hospital, bringing Joy and merriment to our patients and staff.
The pandemic has left many people feeling alone and unsure of the future, there is a solution. Reach out to your community, there is help available for you and your loved ones. Join a volunteer organization, there are so many different and unique opportunities available and those experiences are so rewarding and life fulfilling. Always remember that you are loved and there is space for you to be your authentic self.
Thank you to the Executive Board, the staff and incredible team of Volunteers of the Vancouver Pride Society for this once in a lifetime experience. The Dogwood Monarchist Society gave me so much hope in my life, I am indebted to them for their kindness and to you for shining a light on our organization in the community we serve for Pride 2022.
HMISM Emperor 50 Victor the Victorious
The Golden Jubilee Emperor of the Dogwood Monarchist Society. Long live the Monarchy