Families gather for Pride event at Rotary Park in Yellowknife

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Damian Benoit, a board member of Yellowknife Pride, said the event created a safe space for important educational conversations about inclusivity. (Liny Lamberink/CBC - image credit)
Damian Benoit, a board member of Yellowknife Pride, said the event created a safe space for important educational conversations about inclusivity. (Liny Lamberink/CBC - image credit)

A family day event at Rotary Park in Yellowknife, hosted by Yellowknife Pride, kick-started educational conversations between parents and kids on Saturday, said one of the organizers.

Damian Benoit, a Yellowknife Pride board member, said he heard one of those conversations — between a mom and some kids — at the bouncy castle.

"Kids were saying, 'Are you a boy or a girl?' and there was an educational moment where the mom was like, 'Nope, that's just their name, they're not a she or a him, they'll decide when they're ready.'"

Benoit said those kinds of conversations are "really important," and there are people who are willing to teach others about inclusivity.

Liny Lamberink/CBC
Liny Lamberink/CBC

Organizers were expecting about 100 people to turn up to the event, but Benoit believes they surpassed that target.

"We've seen a lot of people come and go," he said.

Public gatherings of up to 200 people are allowed under the current COVID-19 rules in the Northwest Territories.

Liny Lamberink/CBC
Liny Lamberink/CBC

There are still a handful of other Pride events in Yellowknife over the next couple of weeks, including cupcakes at the Post Office on July 28, a trivia night at Yellowknife Elks Lodge #314 on July 29 and a rainbow run on August 7.

Liny Lamberink/CBC
Liny Lamberink/CBC
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