Pride Week 2021

Check out how we celebrated Pride Week in 2021.

We went virtual this year, with a mix of live events and prerecorded experiences.

Celebrations were deeply collaborative and, for the first time, multi-institutional, as we welcomed our neighboring post-secondary communities from NAIT, NorQuest and Concordia University of Edmonton to join in a week of fun, unique and educational events.

In addition to activities, there were rainbows downtown, thanks to ATB and the City of Edmonton, and MacEwan’s Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity was tagged in photos on social with #MacEwanPride. The High Level Bridge shone with pride on March 3.

Missed the 2021 events? No problem!

Video links available for most events. View the full Pride Week 2021 playlist on YouTube.

Poetry Reading with Poet Laureate Nisha Patel
Unique poetry reading by Edmonton’s award-winning Poet Laureate. She wrote a poem specially for Pride Week 2021.

Pride Week Opening Ceremonies and Virtual Smudge
Elder Francis Whiskeyjack held a virtual smudge to open Pride Week at MacEwan.

Caretakers of History Ethics and Storytelling with Writer in Residence
MacEwan’s 2021 Writer in Residence Author Darrin Hagen, presented in part by the Department of English, examined the question of “who gets to tell the story?”

Mothering They/Them
Presenters Lana Whiskeyjack and Roxanne Tootoosis, two nehiyawak mothers, shared their experiences on grieving, deconstructing and celebrating parenting their growing children who identify being in gender dysphoria.

How to Support Queer and Trans Survivors of Sexual Violence
Workshop for anyone wanting to better understand how to support queer and trans survivors of sexual violence.

Inclusive Housing Panel Discussion
Panel discussion for anyone interested in creating safer spaces on campuses, including staff, current students, potential students and parents.

Identity Through Dress: Dressing The Little Deputy
A conversation with Josée Chartrand and the artists who brought the red dress in Trevor Anderson’s short film, The Little Deputy (2015), to life!

Closet Tours with Holly Von Sinn
Join local and internationally recognized performer for an intimate tour of their endless closet of cool.

Perspectives on Queer Organizing in YEG: Resistance of Police Violence
Information and discussion session on Edmonton Queer organizing against police violence.

Drag Makeup and Storytelling Workshop with Kat Astrophic and the Theatre Garage
Learn from talented local drag performer, Kat Astrophic, who demonstrated makeup techniques useful to drag kings and queens.

Closet Tour with Darrin Hagen
A look behind the scenes at Darrin's vast archives. Hear everything you would ever want to know about ~that dress~.

Two Crees in a Pod: Embracing My Two-spirit Journey with Prestin Thotin-awasis
Heartfelt conversation via podcast that spoke to the challenges and beauty of embracing two-spirit identity.

Poetry Reading and Discussion with Amber Dawn
Literary artist, Amber Dawn, read from her latest works. Presented by The Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity and Virtual Canadian Authors Series.

Human Library hosted by NorQuest College
A Human Library is an event in which people with diverse backgrounds or unique life experiences volunteer to be living books.

Streaming With Pride: The Grand Finale – With Fruit Loop
Culmination of Pride Week 2021 — an exciting live-streamed event produced by Fruit Loop!

Dress & Escapism: Performance of Identity through Drag and Burlesque Costume
Mitchell Art Gallery's exhibition ran until March 27

2021 Sponsors:

  • MacEwan Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Concordia University Edmonton
  • NAIT
  • Norquest
  • Fruit Loop
  • TD Bank Group

Pride Week 2021 was grateful for collaboration and support from:

  • John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery
  • Department of English
  • Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity
  • Office of Sexual Violence Education and Response
  • kihêw waciston
  • MacEwan Residence
  • Darrin Hagen, MacEwan Writer in Residence
  • Holly Von Sinn
  • Office of Communications and Marketing at MacEwan
  • Theatre Garage Edmonton
  • City of Edmonton
  • ATB Financial
  • Students’ Association of MacEwan University