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Toronto, June 25 (IBNS): Pride Toronto, one of the largest annual event of North America, witnessed this year thousands of marchers on Toronto's downtown core in the midst of rain turning the grey day into a rainbow of celebration.
Rainy Weather on Pride Toronto 2018 event
'The rain did not slow down another incredible Pride Parade', tweeted Toronto Mayor John Tory, who officially opened parade at 12:30 p.m at the intersection of Church Street and Bloor street which later made its way to Yonge-Dundas Square.
A not-for-profit organization, Pride Toronto, has a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of the LGBTQ.
Pride Toronto theme, this year is '35 Years of HIV/AIDS Activism Pride' and Pride Toronto 2018 is, in fact, a celebration of the progress made by the LGBTQ+ community against HIV/AIDS.
Thirty-eight years after the first community parade, Pride Toronto is still symbolic of solidarity and celebration for many in the LGBTQ community.
Later on while walking along with other marchers in the float: Toronto City Council Marches with Pride, Tory had tweeted,
"What an absolutely amazing day at the Toronto #Pride Parade! I am so proud to lead a city that is inclusive and embraces diversity."
Toronto City Council in Pride Toronto Parade 2018
The panels covered a variety of topics including Youth and HIV, Criminalization of HIV, Trans and HIV, Living and Thriving with HIV and 35 Years of AIDS Activism and included speakers from local organizations as well as local activists, many of whom are living with HIV.
In addition to this campaign, Pride Toronto is lending support to the private member’s Bill M-186, which advocates for the involvement of those with HIV/AIDS in government healthcare decisions relevant to them as well as a renewed focus on reducing stigma in the community.
Some other 2018 Pride parade participants were:
A for Asexuality & Aromanticism; Toronto Fire Services; AIDS Committee of Toronto; Toronto Public Library;Alliance for S outh Asian AIDS Prevention; LGBT Doctors and Allies; LinkedIn Pride Parade 2018 Registration; Excited Mental State; Facebook Canada; Twitter Canada; CAMH Pride Parade Walkers – Mental Health IS Heatlh; Gay Fathers of Toronto; The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation; CNIB; NDP; Liberal Party, Air Canada and many more.
Marching side by side with our entire Liberal Party family to say loud and clear that: Love is Love is Love. Happy Pride Toronto - rain or shine this is one of the best days of the year!', tweeted Bill Morneau, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and Canada's Minister of Finance.
"What a day at Toronto's Pride parade! Proud to join @theJagmeetSingh and our newly elected NDP MPPs alongside thousands of marchers to celebrate love and the diversity of our LGBTQ2S+ communities". Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition had tweeted.
Other dignitaries present in the Pride Toronto 2018 march were Carolynn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs and Kathleen Wynne, formerly liberal Premier of Ontario.
The Air Canada float was another amazing spectacle to watch.
The parade in recent years has been a source of controversy when police withdrew their application to march in the event because of tensions over the handling of the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Keeping with the subdued tone at the annual celebration, as marchers paused for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. and later, during of the parade, when participants dressed in black T-shirts that read “we will not rest until we’re safe.”
Formerly known as the Black March 'we will not rest until we’re safe' had been being introduced as part of the Until We’re Safe campaign and was launched in partnership with 10 community organizations and 24 courageous community members who have shared their experiences of violence, bullying and trauma.
These moments were Pride’s way of paying tribute gay men who were the alleged victims of 66-year-old Bruce McArthur.
These tension had in the least effected the joyous faces of about 120 groups who danced their way from the city’s gay village to Yonge-Dundas Square in grandeur and waving the signature rainbow Pride flags.
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Toronto, Jun 22 (Canadian-Media): Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) honours, on National Indigenous Peoples Day being celebrated today, Indigenous artists' cultures and contributions, filmmakers, activists, and original keepers of our land, with a collection of video and Review articles that highlights their stories, media reports said.
TIFF. Image credit: Twitter handle
“When my grandmother came out of that school in northern Ontario, she came out ashamed of who she was; she came out without her language; and she came out without our stories. Our stories are our survival,” said Jesse Wente in a keynote address he made for the Canadian Media Producer Association’s annual Prime Time event
The following 10 Stories, originally published by TIF, are recommended to be read.
The Seventh Fire tells about an interview with filmmaker Jack Pettibone Riccobono, producer Chris Eyre, and lead subject Rob Brown, about Native representation and the making of a documentary that centers on the Aboriginal gang crisis in America.
The Top 10 Indigeneous Films of All Time (originally published by CBC): TIFF's Jesse Wente recommends 10 films made by Indigeneous filmmakers, including Canada's own Jeff Barnaby, Zacharias Kunuk, and Alanis Obomsawin.
Empathy Exists in VR: In this Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig speaks to Indigeneous documentarian Lisa Jackson about her new VR documentary, filmed on the Highway of Tears where hundreds of Indigenous women go missing each year.
Before The Streets Allows Its Indigeneous Hero to Heal: highlights Chloe Leriche's film, set in a Atikamekw Nation community in Quebec and the first to be performed entirely in the Atikamekw language, raised by TIFF Next Wave commitee member Isabel Coleman.
Through The Wormhole: tells about the indigenous artists Skawennati, Jason E. Lewis, and Scott Benesiinaabandan imagine a Canada 150 years into the future and how it relates to their own artistic practice in this vivid conversation, conducted in Montreal.
The Most Remarkable Performance of the Year is Lily Gladstone's: in which Jesse Wente interviews emerging Indigeneous actor Lily Gladstone about her stunning performance, opposite Kristen Stewart, in Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women.
"Indigeneous Existence is Resistance": The artists behind TIFF's new VR installation, 2167, discuss what "Aboriginal Futurism" means to them and why Canada's 150th birthday is not worth celebrating.
Yo, Adrian Ep. 22: Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril: Yo, Adrian's Kiva Reardon and Fariha Roisin get an award-winning Inuit director on the podcast to talk about the politics of hunting seal meat and her new film, which was eight years in the making.
"For 150 years, people have been told lies about Canada's history": Alanis Obomsawin, legendary documentarian shares her journey of how she became a filmmaker and why, at age 84, she can't stop fighting for Indigeneous rights and freedoms in her work.
"Imagine if You Knew our Stories Already": As we consider the future of Canadian storytelling, the only way forward is to let those who have previously been silenced speak. Watch Jesse Wente's keynote speech at the Canadian Media Producer's Association.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous Peoples Day began this morning with the celebration of a sunrise ceremony, on Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall, media reports said.
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June was declared National Aboriginal History Month In 2009 following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.
Since then during the month of June and June 21 every year, many Indigenous people and communities celebrate their culture and heritage and recognize.
More than 200 people, including Indigenous leaders and community members, Tory and councillors, City of Toronto staff and members of the general public, attended the 5:30 a.m. ceremony on Nathan Phillips Square.
"Toronto joins cities across the country in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day," said Mayor John Tory. "On June 21, we recognize and honour the important history, culture and outstanding contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our city and to Canadian society."
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
he ceremony was led by Garry Sault and his Oshkaabewis (helpers), which included a sacred fire, smudging and singing with a hand drum.
the proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day in Toronto was read by Tory.
The proclamation was then presented to Kenn Richard, Executive Director of Native Family and Child Services.
The ceremony was followed remarks from representatives of Mississaugas of the New Credit, Métis and Toronto's urban Indigenous community.
In honour of Indigenous Peoples Day, a medicine wheel, considered an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality was added to the Toronto sign on the square.
A new vinyl wrap resembling birch bark inlaid with symbols of significance for Indigenous communities was also added to the Toronto sign.
The latest phase of the City's Toronto for All public education campaign coincides with Indigenous Peoples Day and aims to raise awareness about Toronto's Indigenous heritage.
The campaign features a land acknowledgment statement to help to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
The celebrations are being continued at Fort York National Historic Site with the four-day Indigenous Arts Festival, which is on now through June 24.
Performances by Indigenous artists, traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, crafts and food are the the main features of the festival.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jun 19 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous Peoples Day would be celebrated by the City of Toronto with a Sunrise Ceremony on June 21 at 5:30 a.m. on Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., near the Indigenous flags on the east side of the Square, media reports said.
Proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day would be read by Toronto Mayor John Tory and the event will be attended by Indigenous leaders and community members as well as City officials and staff.
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
Indigenous Peoples Day takes place annually on June 21 across Canada.
Following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month in 2009,
On this day, the public is encouraged to recognize, not only the unique and important history, culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada, but also the strength of present-day Aboriginal communities and their promise for the future.
To show respect for the sacred and traditional protocols for ceremonies and Indigenous Peoples, video and/or audio recording of the Sunrise Ceremony will not be allowed .
The proclamation presentation, which immediately follows the Sunrise Ceremony may be filmed/recorded.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, May June 1 (IBNS): Toronto Mayor John Tory declared the Toronto Pride Month open on Friday, and said that the event is an achievement in itself but the way ahead is not free of hurdles yet.
The launching of Toronto Pride Month was celebrated on Friday with a 1,000-square-foot art installation at the city hall with Tory making the official proclamation including the rise of the Rainbow and Trans flags at Toronto city hall Friday.
The theme of the Toronto Pride Month, said Tory was '35 Years of AIDS Activism' and added that the celebration was a reflection of the unified commitment on the part of this crowd.
The celebration of the internationally recognized National Pride Toronto Month, said Tory was not an easy task to reach that far, as the community is still fighting with the government for their rights to be heard and to be treated fairly.
It was important to stand united as a community, said the Mayor and added that the work towards healing the sense of loss and frustration was a united effort.
Tory said that as long as he was the mayor, he ''would dedicatedly commit myself to this community and see that inclusivity becomes the norm of the community."
He said, "It takes time, perseverance and dedication to bring change but we can and we will bring change. We should never feel defeated, however slow the progress is."