The mission of Capital Pride / Fierté dans la Capitale is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region, on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. Capital Pride is committed to reflecting the perspectives of the communities we serve.
As we navigate into new territory for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival we have a reinvigorated focus to create community connections and bring forth festival programming that will benefit the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities. For this reason we have conducted a community consultation process to gather input from 2SLGBTQ+ community members and organizations in order to:
- assess how beneficial, accessible, and enjoyable Capital Pride’s events and initiatives are to 2SLGBTQ+ people in Ottawa and Gatineau;
- identify areas of the festival programming that need improvement, especially within the focuses of family programming and BIPOC programming;
- assess the impact and assess any concerns in regards to potential locations for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival; and
- explore new ideas and opportunities that will contribute to its mission.
This report will summarize the input gathered from the online survey and outline the steps that Capital Pride will be taking to incorporate, with its finite resources, the feedback and ideas from the community and local 2SLGBTQ+ organizations.
The first three sections describe the methodology we employed (‘What We Did’), the groups who participated (‘Who We Heard From’), and the results of the survey (‘What We Heard’). The final section, ‘What We Will Be Doing’ outlines the future commitments Capital Pride is undertaking to improve its events, relationships with communities, organizations and accessibility. The survey questions are also included at the end of the report [Appendix 1].
Capital Pride remains committed to community outreach and engagement with 2SLGBTQ+ communities. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to complete our survey and offer their insights to help guide Capital Pride’s planning process for the 2022 festival. Engaging with community partners is a continuous process and we shall continue to reach out, engage in conversations and listen to the diverse voices of the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
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