A brief history of burnaby pride
In March of 2018, the Burnaby Intercultural Table hosted a community forum to better understand the challenges of LGBTQ2S+ newcomers and to provide educational opportunities for frontline workers on issues facing the LGBTQ2S+ community. At the forum, representatives from local service organizations identified resources and services within Burnaby for LGBTQ2S+ audiences, and conceptualized ways to catalyze community connections, celebrate diversity, and promote inclusivity and understanding. From this initial conversation, the Burnaby Pride Planning Committee was formed.
Recognizing the absence of an annual pride parade or festival, the Burnaby Pride Planning Committee set out to create Burnaby's first ever LGBTQ2S+ Pride Street Festival. The inaugural event on August 11th, 2018 aims to launch a lasting movement that will highlight LGBTQ2S+ presence and belonging within Burnaby.
- Inclusivity: We are committed to creating accessible, respectful spaces for the meaningful engagement of all individuals, and to finding ways to continually improve inclusive actions.
- Diversity: We recognize, acknowledge, and respect the diverse and intersectional experiences of LGBTQ2S+ individuals in Burnaby, and work to centre these unique voices and experiences in every aspect of our work.
- Community: We believe in the strength of community, and work to support and showcase local individuals, artists, businesses, and organizations
In hosting a Burnaby Pride Street Party, we are working to:
• Create a safer space where LGBTQ2S+ individuals, youth, and families can foster meaningful connections and strengthen the sense of LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby;
• Promote LGBTQ2S+ visibility and provide opportunities for education, compassion-building, and greater understanding & awareness of ourselves and others;
• Showcase and celebrate the diversity of identities and experiences within the LGBTQ2S+ community; and
• Share information regarding community services, resources, and supports for the LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby and surrounding communities.
PRIDE PLANNING COMMMITTE
CITY OF BURNABY
The City of Burnaby, the local government, is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver.
The City of Burnaby celebrates its LGBTQ2S+ community and works to support a cohesive, creative, and engaged city.
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 525,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay.
Vancity uses its assets to help improve the financial well-being of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.
BURNABY NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
Through a wide range of programs, services and events, the Burnaby Neighbourhood House brings community members of all ages together in a positive and supportive environment. We are committed to building a socially just neighbourhood, defined as one that upholds and validates the values of:
• Empowerment & Leadership
• Engagement & Responsibility
BURNABY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Burnaby Public Library provides access to a rich array of the world's stories, ideas and information. Our vision is a vibrant community where all people are informed, literate, and entertained.
MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years. MOSAIC’s I Belong is the first program offered in a settlement organization for LGBTQ newcomer immigrants and refugees in the Lower Mainland to address unique needs and intersections of this community.
LOWER MAINLAND PURPOSE SOCIETY
Purpose Society delivers a continuum of social, health, educational, and residental services for individuals, youth, and families facing marginalization and alienation.
Through these services, Purpose Society aims to enhance personal well-being, strengthen family functioning, and increase personal responsibility, confidence, and healthy decision-making. Our work emphasizes a client-centered approach within a continuum of care model, which focuses on the health, resiliency, and resourcefulness of individuals. All services are provided in a safe and respectful environment where diversity and connection to community is valued.
BURNABY INTERCULTURAL PLANNING TABLE
The Burnaby LIP (Local Immigration Partnership) - Burnaby Intercultural planning Table (BIPT) is a working group of twenty four prominent community organizations, institutions, and agencies that aims to collaboratively facilitate the settlement and integration of newcomers in Burnaby. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this partnership builds on local services in order to enhance engagement, planning and coordination in the area of newcomer settlement and integration. The BIPT/ LIP do not deliver services directly to immigrants. Instead, they foster local engagement of organizations that offer services to newcomers, support community-level research and planning, and improve coordination of services that help immigrants settle and integrate.