Prairie Pride: Pride Month celebrations in rural, northern Sask.

·4 min read

This month, communities all throughout Saskatchewan are celebrating Pride Month — with flag raisings and parades, art nights, drag shows, teaching sessions and much more. Outside of the big cities, Saskatchewan’s LGBTQ2S+ communities are painting the towns rainbow and hosting a spectrum of vibrant, welcoming events.

Foam Lake: The Town of Foam Lake will be hosting its second annual Pride Parade, beginning at Ralls Park on June 11. Poster-making and marshalling will begin at the park at 11 a.m., and the parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. Foam Lake’s pride committee has promised a “bigger, brighter and better” parade this year.

Humboldt: The City of Humboldt will be raising a Pride flag outside of City Hall at 12 p.m. on June 13.

Ahtahkakoop: Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation will be raising two Pride flags on June 13 — outside of Chief Ahtahkakohp School at 9 a.m., and outside the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre at 10 a.m. Then on June 17, Ahtahkakoop’s Pride Parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Band Hall, and end at the school, where there will be BBQ.

La Ronge: On June 26, Lac La Ronge Regional Pride will hold its Pride Parade. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade will travel from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band office to Patterson Park, where it will be followed by a Pride Festival with free BBQ and live entertainment.

Meadow Lake: The Meadow Lake Library is hosting Proud to be me: Stories & Crafts on June 18 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages — attendees can call the Meadow Lake Library to sign up.

Humboldt: The Reid-Thomson Public Library in Humboldt is hosting an “All Kinds of Families” story time at 2 p.m. on June 17.

Meadow Lake: YXE Drag Collective is back on tour, and will be performing in Meadow Lake on June 26. The collective is putting on two performances — an all-ages show at 6 p.m., and a 19+ show at 9 p.m. — at the Meadow Lake Legion. Tickets are $15, available through YXE Drag Collective’s social media.

Humboldt: Performers will take the stage at the Bella Vista Inn for “Katy Perry — Teenage Dream Drag Show” on June 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door, and the show is open to all ages.

La Ronge: On June 15, La Ronge’s Churchill Community High School will host a RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party and an all-ages amateur drag king and queen competition. The party starts at 6 p.m., and goes until 8. Later in the month, on June 25, YXE Drag Collective will also be performing at The Lands. The show will start at 9 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Ahtahkakoop: Ahtahkakoop’s Band Hall will be hosting Drag Queen Bingo at 7 p.m. on June 16.

Meadow Lake: Meadow Lake Pride is offering a wide range of queer-affirming entertainment options this month. On June 13, trivia buffs can make friends and win prizes during the LGBTQuiz Trivia Night at Campton’s from 7-9 p.m. Then on June 16, there will be a paint night at 7 p.m. at Artistic Incidents. And on June 25, of course, the Meadow Lake Library is hosting Ga(y) mes Night — from 7-9 p.m, all are invited to “bring a friend, bring a board game, or just bring yourself.”

Humboldt: Humboldt is also breaking out the bright colours with a Pride Paint Night on June 13 — tickets are available through the Humboldt & Area Pride Network on Facebook. On June 16, there will also be ‘come as you are bowling’ at Kemway Lanes at 7 p.m. Tickets for bowling are by donation.

La Ronge: In La Ronge, Pride ‘n’ Pints Trivia Night will be happening on June 23 at Kostas, starting at 6 p.m. And for some physical exercise to go along with the mental workout, there will be Pride CrossFit at the JRMCC on June 25 at noon.

Meadow Lake: Meadow Lake Pride and Flying Dust First Nation have partnered to celebrate two-spirit day at the First Nation on June 20. Attendance is free and open to all ages.

Ahtahkakoop: On June 14, Ahtahkakoop Pride has partnered with OutSaskatoon and Kiera Grasby to present a set of ‘two-spirit 101’ workshops. Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the band hall. On June 16, there will also be a two-spirit sharing circle in the morning at the school.

Humboldt: Westminster United Church will hold a “Rural, Queer & Christian?” service at 7 p.m. on June 15.

La Ronge: On June 25, the La Ronge United Church — in collaboration with other local religious groups — will host a “diversity spiritual service” in Patterson Park at 2 p.m.

Julia Peterson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting