Vancouver Pride Society Places Bid to Host 2024 Canada Pride
January 26, 2022
Vancouver Pride Society is thrilled to announce the organization’s bid to host Canada Pride in 2024. The bid, centering sustainability, will be presented at the upcoming Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) Annual General Meeting where FCP members will then vote for the 2024 host city.
Vancouver Pride Society annually attracts over 350,000 people to their events across the city in the week leading up to British Columbia Day. With a focus on accessibility and intersectionality, the organization hosts a variety of low-barrier events in an effort to welcome all specificities of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community. Acknowledging that Pride has a different meaning to everybody, the society continues to consult with community partners and local organizers to create safe spaces.
“At the upcoming FCP Conference, we will deliver a bid which demonstrates our continuous belief in the critical role the Pride movement plays in activism and intersectional advocacy for fundamental human rights—locally, nationally, and internationally—while maintaining our commitment to produce inclusive and celebratory world-class events,” says Alan Jernigan, Bid Committee Chair for Canada Pride in Vancouver 2024.
The proposed event plans for Canada Pride consist of a 7-day festival and two day human rights conference in the summer of 2024. If the bid is successful, the festival will contain a variety of events ranging from the annual Pride Parade, to partnered events with local 2SLGBTQAI+ organizations, and educational workshops.
The theme of the festival would be highlighting the three pillars of sustainability in the global Pride movement by curating purposeful events.
- Sustainability of activism, with a focus on the necessary commitment to Reconciliation with the local xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) host nations, and national Two-Spirit First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.
- Environmental sustainability, and the acknowledgement that climate change is both a global crisis and a specific threat to 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and marginalized communities around the world.
- Sustainability of people, and recognition of relationships and resiliency in a society recovering from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The success of Vancouver Pride Society’s bid for Canada Pride 2024 will not only amplify Vancouver’s local 2SLGBTQIA+ community but also bring global issues to the city’s growing activism landscape. In addition to the educational offerings, the organization hopes to host 2SLGBTQIA+ communities from across Canada and celebrate in ways that feel authentic to them