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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Taking Pride Month online in 2020

June 11, 2020

If you haven’t heard the news, Pride Month this year is gonna look a little… well, different! COVID decided to cancel all of our celebrations leaving us with no in-person events. But here is the plot twist! Hundreds of wonderful organizations heard our cries and prepared amazing virtual events so we can stay connected, learn, and acknowledge this month together. So make sure your WiFi connection is strong because Pride month is not cancelled! 

For more information on each of the events check out the associated links.

Pride Pen Pals

Ongoing

This is for the people looking for a buddy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Buddies in Bad Times created a program where you can sign up and receive a pen pal from someone in the community. 

Learn about Pride Pen Pals

Pride Trivia

Mondays in June from 8 to 9 p.m.

Join Pride Toronto weekly and test your knowledge on a wide range of topics from pop culture to history, you can even win prizes!

Learn about Pride Toronto Trivia

Art workshops

Wednesdays in June from 7 to 8 p.m.

Learn art skills from people in the community, learn how to do drag makeup, DJ, and Vogue! 

Queer Shopping Channel

Wednesdays in June

Want to support local 2SLGBTQ+ businesses? Watch unboxing videos and shop the online vendor market at Pride Toronto's Queer Shopping Channel events.

Learn more about the Queer Shopping Channel

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Drag Fest

June 19 to 21 

New York City Pride is hosting an event to raise funds for Drag performers and to celebrate all of the Queens. Drag Fest is going to have over 100 performers over a span of three days! 

Learn about NYC Pride's Drag Fest

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Virtual Pride 5k Art Run

June 20 to 28

This one is for my running fanatics. A portion of the ticket sales goes back to the LGBTQ community.

Learn more about NYC Pride's Virtual 5K

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Cabaret and Youth Cabaret

June 20 

This experience hosted by Buddies in Bad Times is to celebrate all of the artists apart of the community you can expect drag, burlesque, music, and storytelling and the youth cabinet is going to be filled with young artists as young as 14. 

Learn about the June 20 Cabaret

Garden party

June 22

Watch performers, listen to stories, follow recipes off of their suggested food and drink menu, and tune in for special guests. 

Learn more about NYC Pride's Garden Party 

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Human Rights Conference

June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The pride parade started as a protest and we will continue to fight for human rights. This conference is filled with discussion panels and workshops based around the needs of the community. 

Learn more about NYC Pride's Human Rights Conference 

Global Pride

June 27

For this event, pride organizations from all over the world decided to join forces to give us a mega pride parade. There will be 24 hours of content from all over the world! 

Learn more about Global Pride 

Toronto Pride Parade

June 28 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Toronto Pride is taking their annual Pride Parade online this year, and Student Life and the Ontario Tech Pride Club are hosting a watch story so that Ontario Tech can "attend" Pride together!

Learn more about the Parade Watch Party

Blockorama

June 28 from 8 p.m. to June 29 at 1 a.m.

This is the longest and largest running stage at Pride Toronto. This event showcases the black performers in the community and will be closing out this year’s festivities for Toronto’s virtual pride month celebrations. 

Learn more about Blockorama

That's the gist! I stan for Pride Toronto and they love us so much they decided to give us a full calendar of pride celebrations. I included some from Pride Toronto on this list but trust me, if I added everything in this list you would be reading till the end of Pride Month! I encourage you to check out any other Pride organizations to see what they have going as well!

Happy Pride Month everyone!

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