Samson Cree Nation painted a rainbow crosswalk for Pride month outside the Samson band office on June 11.
The organizers chose that location four years ago so that youth driving by would see it often as that building is fairly central to the Four Nations of Maskwacis, said Chevi Rabbit.
Rabbit, a local advocate and one of the organizers of the event, said while the crosswalk is a fun, visual symbol of inclusiveness and hope for the future, there is much more going on behind the scenes.
There is a group of advocates and allies actively working towards making Maskwacis more inclusive and welcoming, she said.
Town of Ponoka
The Town of Ponoka is recognizing Pride Month by projecting pride colours on the outside of the Ponoka Civic Centre each evening from sunset until sunrise.
“Ponoka is a diverse community, and we believe that all people should feel respected, valued and included,” said Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson in a recent press release.
“Projecting lights on the outside of the Ponoka Civic Centre is an act of celebrating Ponoka’s diversity and showing support for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Since 2016, the month of June has been declared Pride Month in Canada.