Video — Pride Season 2021 Virtual flag raising event

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Transcript of the Pride Season 2021 Virtual flag raising event video

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[A person standing in front of a Ferris wheel holding a Canadian flag with Pride stripes. Joyful music plays.]

Happy Pride Season from Montréal, Quebec.

[Numerous clips of diverse people transition into mosaic groupings and individual clips. Half of a maple leaf is traced in the colours of the Progress Flag over a gray background.

The words “Celebrate Pride in Canada” appear. Music stops.]

[John R. Sylliboy wearing a black shirt with Pride stripes. Soft music starts.]

[Speaking in Mi’kmaq]

Hello everyone. My name is John R. Sylliboy and I am from Eskasoni and Millbrook First Nations. Here I am in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), the territory of the Mi’kmaw, also known as Mi’kma’ki.

[Text on screen: John R. Sylliboy, Interim Executive Director, Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance]

We acknowledge the land that we live on, we acknowledge the land that we come from, we acknowledge the language, the plants, the animals, and the people and the culture that continues to thrive from our region.

As a Two-Spirit person, I am here to celebrate what is Pride. And what it means to be a Two-Spirit person during Pride events. First and foremost, we acknowledge the fact that we come from various perspectives and cultural languages, if you will, went it comes to being Two-Spirit.

So for example, here in Mi’kma’ki, we acknowledge the fact that we intersect with either gender or sexuality very closely linked with our spirituality and through our languages.

We are exploring that identify as we speak. Across the regions and across various territories there are other perspectives and other languages that share what is Two-Spirit.

Essentially, we want to acknowledge the fact that being Two-Spirit is being grounded to your culture, your identity, with your gender and/or with your sexuality with your spirituality at the same time. This is very important and during Pride, we celebrate our identities, we chant, we drum, we sing, we dance, we feast. We want you to celebrate with us during Pride month. Happy Pride everyone!

Kepmitelsi N'in ("I am proud").

[Music stops. The video of John R. Sylliboy transitions into a clip of an individual wearing a collard shirt in front of large windows appears.]

Happy Pride from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the unceded traditional territories of the Algonquin Anishinabe peoples.

[Video transitions into a clip of The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada in front of 4 Canadian flags. Soft music starts.]

Hello everyone.

Happy Pride Month, and welcome to this year’s virtual Pride Flag raising event!

[Text on screen: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada]

This year’s Pride Season marks the 50th anniversary of the first gay rights protests that took place in Vancouver and Ottawa in 1971.

This was a turning point for the LGBTQ2 movement in Canada.

[Translated from French] My friends, we have come a long way since then.

But there is still so much work to be done.

We all have a role to play in building a more inclusive, more open country, where everyone can live their lives without discrimination or barriers—regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Since 2015, our government has been working to combat hatred and discrimination against LGBTQ2 people.

Together, we’ve established Canada’s first LGBTQ2 Secretariat to help promote human rights and develop inclusive and intersectional policies and programs across our government.

We now have a Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth who supports us in building a country where every person has an equal opportunity to succeed and where diversity is celebrated.

We amended the Canadian Human Rights Act to protect the rights of Trans and non-binary peoples, and to prevent discrimination based on gender identity or expression
We’re banning conversion therapy across the country.

And we’ve made unprecedented investments for LGBTQ2 community service and youth organizations— both here at home and around the world.

[Translated from French] Our fight for equality continues.

Throughout Pride Season, we will celebrate the progress we have made, the resilience and courage of those who have demanded freedom and more rights, and the diversity that makes our country strong.

And, together, we will build a country where everyone is free to be themselves.

Happy Pride, everyone!

[Music stops. The video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau transitions into a clip of an individual standing outside in front of a Pride flag.]

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season from Edmundston, New Brunswick.

[Minister Chagger wearing a long sleeve shirt with words “True Love” and a maple leaf. Soft music starts.]

Hello, bonjour.

[Translated from French] Thank you for your inspiring words, Prime Minister.

[Text on screen: Minister Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth]

Happy Pride Season!

The joy of pride is coming through loud and clear on my screen! Not even a global pandemic can dampen this energy.

It was 50 years ago that Canadians first took to the streets in Ottawa and Vancouver to fight for LGBTQ2 rights and to demand changes to federal laws that discriminated against LGBTQ2 people.

Since then, we’ve seen a lot of positive change, yet the fight for equity is far from over.

We must keep demanding change until every single one of us is free to be our true, most authentic self.

[Translated from French] We still have a lot of work to do to build the more compassionate and more consciously inclusive Canada we want. And that’s why Pride Season is so important—it's a celebration of the beautiful diversity that is our strength.

Thanks to their ongoing work and dedication, Pride and community organizations have come up with creative ways for us to connect safely and to keep delivering programming when it is most needed.

Today, June 15th, we’ll be raising the Progress flag virtually across social media. I invite you all to join in. You’ll find a Pride Season toolkit and virtual flag at

It’s going to be a powerful statement of solidarity and I can’t wait to see those rainbow colours in my feeds!

This Pride Season, I hope you will join me in participating in virtual celebrations, supporting LGBTQ2-owned businesses, using the hashtags #FreeToBeMe and #PrideSeason, and making a commitment to act and honour the resilience and spirit of diverse LGBTQ2 communities from coast to coast to coast.

[Translated from French] I hope that we’ll be able to celebrate in person next year, and I want to thank all the LGBTQ2 first responders and health care workers whose efforts are getting us there.

And now, I’d like to pass the virtual mic to those who have joined in on the fun to kick off this year’s Pride Season!

[Music stops. The video transitions into a clip of three people holding flags in front of mountains.]

Happy Pride from Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territory of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwächän Council.

[The video transitions into a clip of the medical staff at Charles-Le Moyne Hospital standing in front of a Pride Flag, wearing rainbow scrubs and medical masks.]
[Translated from French] We care so much about your health.

[Text on screen : Charles-Le Moyne Hospital, Longueuil, Quebec]

We care about our profession.

Let us all protect one another.

We need to get vaccinated so we can celebrate next year’s Pride freely.

Happy Pride Season from the Radiation Oncology department at the Charles-Le Moyne Hospital, in Longueuil, Québec.

Happy Pride, everyone!

[The video transitions into a clip of an individual in front of a rainbow background holding a Progress Flag.]

Happy Pride from Cochrane, Alberta.

[The video transitions to a photo of members of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society sitting in front of a blue background with symbols that surround them. Video of Jeffery Chalifoux and Cheyenne Mihko Kihêw overlapping clips of them holding a flag outdoors. Soft music starts.]

Happy Pride Season Canada from the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, located in Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ , Edmonton, Alberta, the ancestral lands of the Papaschase band and many other Indigenous groups.

We raise the flag today not only in Pride, but also in healing. Today, we also continue to hold space for Indigequeer folks across the nation. We are healing from the wounds in our history and the damage done towards our Two-Spirit People. We invite Canadians to join us in raising the flag as we are all Treaty People, let us work together and find ways to bring our ihkwêw (Two-Spirit) People back into the sacred circle.

Pride is about more than just a celebration. Pride is about love and equality no matter who you are.

Let us raise the flag together.

[The video transitions to various clips of diverse people wishing Canadians a happy Pride Season. Joyful music starts.]

Happy Pride from Toronto.

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season from Montréal, Québec.

Happy Pride Season from York Region, Ontario. I’m a proud summer co-op student at Transport Canada.

Happy Pride Season, and remember, you are loved.

Happy Pride Season from Ottawa, Ontario.

Happy Pride Season from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Happy Pride Season from London, Ontario.

Happy Pride. Happy Pride from Ottawa.

[Half of a maple leaf is traced in the colours of the Progress Flag over a gray background. The words “Videos submitted by” appear. A list of all participants appears: Alexa Quarrington, Andrea Polgar, Andrew Yin, Antoine Boss, Brian Broom, Charley Ford, Chioni McAlister, Phoenix and Maddox McAlister-Rodé, Cpl Brandon Pitre and Wayne Kelley, Dana McDonald, Danielle Duplisea, Davy-Anthony Sabourin, Dino Blasioli and Chad Ranger, Dominic Cliche, Elizabeth Brunet, Éric Levasseur, Farzana Hussain, Christina Marcoux, Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne, Jacq Brasseur, Jason Bett, Jason Struthers, Jean Parlina, Jean-Michel Orfali , Jeffery Chalifoux and Cheyenne Mihko Kihêw, Jess Ethier, Joe Wickenhauser, Noella Horoscoe and Asha Bittenbender, John R. Sylliboy, Laurie Dezainde-Dubuc, Mark Schaan, Nicole Frandsen, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., Roxanne Laneuville, Sagar Kulkarni, Sarah Kim Stainton, Stéphane Alary and Olivier Earl Goodman, Thiago Fernandes de Lima, Timothy Schwinghamer. Clips of people wishing Canadians a happy Pride Season continues.]

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season from Gatineau, Quebec.

Happy Pride Season from Yellowknife, in Chief Drygeese territory in Denendeh, North West Territories.

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season from the Public Service Pride Network.

Pride is a sense of community. Pride to me is the truest expression of yourself everyday. Happy Pride.

Happy Pride Season from Dallas, Texas.

Happy Pride Season from Ottawa, Ontario.

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season from Madrid, Spain.

I’m sending you this video to wish you all a happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Month from the DTPAO, 14 wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

[Translated from French] Happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Season from Gatineau!

Happy Pride Season from Victoria, British Columbia.

Happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Season from Montréal.

Happy Pride Season.

Happy Pride Season from Toronto, Ontario.

Happy Pride Season from Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe people.

Half of a maple leaf is traced in the colours of the Progress Flag over a gray background. The words “Celebrate Pride in Canada” appear. Music stops. The Canada wordmark appears, which has a waving Canadian flag above the last “a” in the word “Canada”.]

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