RCMP and Pride
Kamloops Pride would first like to acknowledge the varied, impassioned and real perspectives that exist regarding this important issue. With that in mind, it is vital for our organization to advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community with our values of integrity, respect, inclusivity, fun and community in mind at all times. Concerns raised by members of LGBTQ2S+ and BITPoC (black, indigenous, trans*, people of colour) internationally, as well as historical traumas that inform our modern-day perspectives, make the issue of police and Pride a complex but important one.
As an organization, we understand that what we do in Kamloops regarding this important issue will not change the world. With that said, we feel we must do something. Over the past several years, Kamloops Pride and leaders from the Kamloops RCMP have been meeting regularly to engage in proactive dialogue. We have shared concerns raised by some members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and the RCMP have shared information regarding their organization’s policies, procedures and LGBTQ2S+ outreach initiatives. Through these regular discussions, both parties came to an understanding that uniformed officers will not be marching in the 3rd Annual Downtown Kamloops Pride Parade. As always, individual members are welcome to march in plain clothes as part of the general delegation. Included in our Pride Week event lineup is a community engagement event to solicit feedback from members of our community to continue to inform our organization’s work and maintain open, proactive discussions with RCMP moving forward with due care.
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