June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the people representing the Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS) and others from the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and reflect on the important work of activists and advocates who champion and fight for equity, dignity and respect for all.
This year marks 10 years since gender identity and gender expression were added as protected characteristics under legislation. While milestones like this are cause for celebration, they are also opportunities to reflect on how exclusionary policies and systemic inequities oppress and act as barriers to inclusion for our NCNS constituents.
We do not have to look far to see how members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community within the Native Council of Nova Scotia continue to face oppression, exclusion and discrimination. We must be vigilant and vocal in order to advance the rights of all.
Throughout June, various Pride events throughout Nova Scotia offer educational opportunities for each of us to engage in and learn from. Attending flag-raisings, joining in parades, sharing messages of support on social media and encouraging participation in various groups are examples of a few ways that you can support and amplify the important work of 2SLGBTQ+ community members within the Native Council of Nova Scotia community, family, followers and friends. Happy Pride!
Chief and President
Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS)