The intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag painted on the sidewalk of the University of Saskatchewan campus.
The intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag painted on the sidewalk of the University of Saskatchewan campus.

USask recognizes Pride Month

As we begin the month of June, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is proud to celebrate and support Pride Month activities and awareness in the city, the province, and across the country.

Today we invite you to show your support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community by attending the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at 1 pm in front of the Peter MacKinnon Building. The flag raising ceremony signals our commitment to fostering an inclusive and positive working, teaching, and learning environment for all, and to publicly display our support for diversity across our campuses.

This month is a time to reflect on how far we have come, and on how far we still have to go, to support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and to confirm our commitment to making USask the most inclusive and diverse campus community we can possibly be for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests. Guided by our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, adopted by our University Council, Senate, and Board of Governors, USask is committed to creating an inclusive environment for gender and sexual diversity, while also acknowledging the injustices still faced by many in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

To learn more about where we have been and where we are going, I invite you to visit the university’s news website and the new Pride page, with links to courses and collections, programming and policies, and stories documenting the history of the movement in the province. You can also show your pride by ordering a Pride Shirt on the Shop USask Pride Website, with proceeds supporting the university’s Queer Housing initiative in residence. For student support, please visit the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Pride Centre.

You are invited to join your fellow USask students, staff, faculty, and alumni by taking part in Saskatoon Pride events from June 9-18, including the annual Saskatoon Pride Parade on Saturday, June 17. The annual Queen City Pride Festival in Regina also runs June 2-11 with a parade set for Saturday, June 10, while Prince Albert Pride Week is already underway, with the annual parade scheduled for Saturday, June 3.

However you choose to take part, as a participant, an ally, or as active learner, thank you for supporting Pride Month at the University of Saskatchewan.

Peter Stoicheff 
President and Vice-Chancellor 
University of Saskatchewan

Together we will support and inspire students to succeed. We invite you to join by supporting current and future students' needs at USask.