The idea to create the CPHS was formed in the spring of 2013 when then Pride Winnipeg President Jonathan Niemczak recounted the story of how Pride Winnipeg was formed to a representative from the Canadian Museums of Human Rights (CMHR). Jonathan often opened up Pride Winnipeg meetings with this story because of the power behind explaining why we have Pride Parades in Winnipeg. At the time, there was no central resource on the history of the Pride Movement in Canada; instead, its history was divided into small pieces found in books, archives, journals, and personal stories. Jonathan realized that a central resource needed to be crated to address this gap.
A year later at the 2014 Fierté Canada Pride Conference hosted by Pride Winnipeg, Jonathan promoted the idea of creating the CPHS to his Pride colleagues who were in attendance from across the country. Both Pride organizers and representatives from the Canadian Human Rights Museum showed interest in getting involved with this project.
Jonathan struck a team of interested individuals from across Canada to begin to lay the groundwork for the project. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Jonathan had to put the project on hold in the spring of March 2015 as his duties as President of Pride Winnipeg left him little time to dedicate to this important project.
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