Moose Jaw Pride Receives $50,000 for Sask. Pride Network
Moments after completing their city’s first-ever Pride Parade, Moose Jaw Pride announced the launch of the Saskatchewan Pride Network with a $50,000 grant from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF).
The Saskatchewan Pride Network is a project aimed at supporting and empowering LGBT+ people in small urban centres across Saskatchewan through the provision of community events and diversity training. The seven communities chosen to participate in this project include: Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan, Prince Albert, Humboldt and Yorkton.
Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director for Moose Jaw Pride, made the funding announcement during a speech at the flag raising ceremony in Crescent Park on Saturday, following the parade.
“We’re thrilled that the Community Initiatives Fund has recognized the importance of the work that we are doing to make our province safer and more welcoming for LGBT people,” Wickenhauser said.
The amount awarded to Moose Jaw Pride is the maximum allowable for a provincial project under the CIF’s Community Grant Program.
Sarah Miller, President & Founder of PFLAG Humboldt, wrote a letter in support of the Saskatchewan Pride Network Project in hopes of bringing LGBT speakers and community events to Humboldt.
“The fact that we were chosen as a community to receive the funding is a very encouraging feeling. It means that we’re going in the right direction,” Miller said.
The Saskatchewan Pride Network will officially kick-off this July and will also draw on funds donated as part of a Human Rights Settlement earlier this year.
According to Falon Dennison, Gender Diversity Representative for Moose Jaw Pride, “This funding will go so far in helping provide resources and support for the gender diverse community—not only in Moose Jaw but in many communities across Saskatchewan.”
Miller said that she hopes that Humboldt’s participation in the Saskatchewan Pride Network will lead to a greater understanding of diversity and the creation of a more supportive and welcoming environment. “The LGBT community in Humboldt is not a small community. There’s a large number of us now and it’s growing, but it’s not as open as it could be.”
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Executive Director, Moose Jaw Pride