BEARDY’S OKEMASIS FIRST NATION – On Thursday, June 9, the Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation will host a Two-Spirit Pride Festival, the first of its kind on a First Nation in Saskatchewan.
The event, which will take place on the Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation, will start off at 11:30 am with a parade through the community ending at the band office. There will then be speakers until the special Pride flag raising ceremony at 12:30pm. A community lunch will then be held right after the flag raising.
This event comes at an important time where the focus lately has been on bullying, mental health, and suicides on First Nations. An event that is as inclusive and accepting as this can only be helpful for youth who feel isolated as they grow and may begin to question their own sexual orientation. “More and more youth are identifying as Two-Spirit in our community, we want to acknowledge you and let you know you’re not alone” stated Chief Rick Gamble. •