Canada Pride Citation
The Canada Pride Citation is part of the Ross, Roy, Satalic Final Settlement Agreement signed on March 28, 2018. The settlement includes individual compensation as well as individual and collective reconciliation and memorialization measures. The Canadian Pride Citation is an individual reconciliation and recognition measure that will be awarded to class members in recognition of their service to Canada and the hardships endured due to unjust policies. It is a meaningful step in the journey of collective reconciliation, recognition and remembrance.
The design of the Canada Pride Citation is rich in symbolism. The central maple leaf represents Canada and service to the country. The double-arrow shape represents the importance of remembering the past and the injustice done to LGBTQ2 Canadians working within the federal public service, the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It also represents Canada’s commitment towards the future and building a better society where all are valued equally. It is a symbol of hope.
The eight colours depicted on both the pin and insignia are a recognized symbol of the LGBTQ2 community. The original Pride flag was created in 1978 and each colour was chosen to represent specific values. Pink represents sexuality, red represents life, orange symbolizes healing, and yellow is sunlight. The green chevron stands for nature, the turquoise represents art, indigo is serenity and violet represents the human spirit.
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