We’ve had a very busy and productive summer here at the Canadian Pride Historical Society (CPHS). As per our last update, we decided to go back to the drawing board and develop a new research and education plan with a focus on launching a proof of concept in a single community in 2022. We selected Winnipeg as our community as we had the most information on this community at that time.
Since June, we’ve made some significant gains with the Winnipeg community including completing all the online research and beginning the community Pride programming research. Over the next few months, we hope to get in contact with the Pride Winnipeg Festival’s former leadership from 1987-1996 to fill in the gaps in our research—we were unable to find much information about the organization’s activities during this period. We will also be interviewing community event organizers to complete our community Pride programming research. If you happen to know anyone who was a part of the Pride Winnipeg Festival from 1987-1996 and would be interested in chatting with us, please have them reach out to us at [email protected].
Another great development throughout the summer was the recruitment of our new research team, which now stands at 10 volunteers. Thanks to the efforts of these amazing volunteers, we were able to complete our online research for several other Manitoba Pride communities and are now able to begin interviews with their current and former leadership. We have also begun research in Calgary and Edmonton; having completed the base research in these communities, we can now begin our online research.
As we continue down our new path, we are constantly evaluating and adjusting our research plan and methodology; however, these last few months have shown us that our new plan is far more manageable path to achieving our goals and objectives for the research project.
We’ve made some gains over the summer with our educational resources with the development of our lesson plan/activity framework which includes the following:
- Kindergarten-Grade 4: Focus will be on developing lesson plans/activities for foundational topics such as ‘What is Pride?’, ‘What is the rainbow flag and what do the colours stand for?’, etc.
- Grade 5-8: Focus will be on developing lesson plans/activities on the history of the Pride Movement at a national level.
- Grade 9-12: Focus will be on developing lesson plans/activities on the history of the Pride Movement at a local community level.
We are currently in the process of drafting these lesson plans/activities. To assist us with this project we are developing an education resource development team, like our research team, consisting of volunteer Education Coordinators. We are looking for volunteers who have experience developing and/or reviewing education lesson plans/activities. If you (or someone you know) are interested in becoming an Education Coordinator, please email us with a copy of your resume at [email protected].