In Strathcona County, all community members should feel safe and welcome. We're committed to creating an environment that not only accepts all people, but openly celebrates our unique differences and strengths.
Every June, we celebrate Pride Month by recognizing and amplifying the contributions and diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We work alongside community partners to celebrate pride through flag-raising and other activities. Council unanimously passed a motion to participate in Pride Week activities in 2018, aligning with the County's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
It's important to have visible signals showing all community members that they are welcome here.
In May 2022, Strathcona County repainted its three pride crosswalks with the progress flag colours, updating the original six-colour pride design.
The crosswalks, located at the Community Centre’s traffic circle connecting Festival Avenue and Festival Lane, were originally painted with the pride flag colours in 2018.
In addition to the pride stripes, the progress flag design features a five-coloured chevron, with the black and brown elements representing individuals who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The pink, white and blue of the chevron signify the transgender pride flag.
The design celebrates diversity and represents groups within the 2SLGBTQ+ community who may face additional marginalization due to racism, transphobia or other harmful attitudes.
The County chose the progress flag design in consultation with the altView Foundation and the Strathcona County Diversity Committee, a grassroots organization focused on strengthening the community by promoting safety and inclusion.