Smithers Pride History

Bringing us all a little closer

Smithers Pride Society began with an event. As the need for more queer visibility, support and celebration had been building in Smithers throughout the years, once we had a Pride Day, that made it clear we needed to organize into a formal society. In May of 2017, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance at Smithers Secondary School hosted a Pride celebration that attracted not only students, but town citizens as well. By next year 2018, a connected and expanding group of Smithereens coordinated a Main St. Pride Celebration as well. After this event, the gears started turning for the process to create the Smithers Pride Society, which was incorporated under the Societies act on June 21, 2019.

The purpose of the Society is to initiate, create, sponsor and develop educational and cultural activities and events, in a non-profit and charitable basis, to promote the development and visibility of, and in pride in the two-spirited, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and greater 2SLBGTQ+ communities of Smithers, BC Canada.

🏳️‍🌈 – Smithers Pride Society

Smithers Pride Society - Bylaws

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Smithers Pride Society - Constitution

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Smithers Pride History

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Gender-Sexuality Alliance

In May of 2017, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance at Smithers Secondary School hosted a Pride celebration that attracted not only students, but town citizens as well.

* approx attendance

80 May, 2017

Pride 2018

In May 2018 a connected and expanding group of Smithereens coordinated a Main St. Pride Celebration.

* approx attendance

150 May, 2018

Pride 2019

May 2019 we expanded on Pride 2018 from just one small section of street to the whole block on Main Street, as well as, the side street we occupied the previous year.

* approx attendance

150 May, 2019

Incorporated

May 2019 we expanded on Pride 2018 from just one small section of The Smithers Pride Society was incorporated in June of 2019 shortly after Smithers Pride 2019.

June, 2019

Fall Fair Parade

We attended the Bulkley Valley Exhibitions - Fall Fair Parade as the Smithers Pride Society with members from the community.

This was a great first time event for us and had a mixed reception.

August, 2019

Smithers Queer Film Festival

We hosted our first Queer Film Festival in partnership with the VQFF. With their help we were able to showcase 4 short films and 1 feature film; all of which had been played at the VQFF

Films:

  • The T - Bea Cordelia, Daniel Kyri
  • Brunch Queen - Sean Horlor, Steve Adams
  • La Ceri-se - Bruna Arbex
  • Everything's Great - Linnea Ritland
  • I Am Me - Jazmine Smith-Gladue, Quanah Style


* approx attendance

55 November, 2019

Unstoppable Pride 2020

Due to the global pandemic in 2020 Smithers Pride was able to move online. Thanks to this we were able to host our Annual pride albeit in a less conventional way.

Performers:

  • Gia Metric - Drag Performance
  • SSS Musical Theatre - Song & Dance
  • Continental Breakfast - Drag Performance
  • Patrick Masse - Musical Performance
  • Kendal Gender - Drag Performance
  • Elijah Quin - Musical Performance
  • Berlin Stiller - Drag Performance
  • Yavhel Velazquez - Mindfulness Meditation


* approx attendance

300 May, 2020