Alumni Engagement

Join RRC Polytech for Pride 2024

May 29, 2024

RRC Polytech alumni and community members are warmly invited to join us in celebrating Pride Month this June. Throughout the next month and beyond, RRC Polytech has resources and activities planned to support you in learning how to best be an ally, amplify 2SLGBTQIA+ voices, and take action in creating greater inclusion in your personal and professional life.

The Forecast is Calling for Rainbows: Winnipeg Pride Parade and Rally

For more than a decade, RRC Polytech has brought together students, staff, and their friends and family members to walk alongside the College’s float in the Winnipeg Pride Parade and Rally. All RRC Polytech alumni are welcome – please join us!

On Sunday, June 2, everyone in the RRC Polytech community is invited and encouraged to bring friends, family, and pets downtown for a few hours to celebrate inclusivity and feel the love, as we show our support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

A hard-working crew is once again preparing our elaborate float, tailgating festivities are being planned for prior to the event, and each registered participant will receive a complimentary RRC Polytech Pride themed t-shirt.

Pride Month at RRC Polytech

Pride Month, taking place annually in June, commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots. While Pride is a time to celebrate the contributions of the 2SLGTBQIA+ community worldwide, it’s equally an opportunity to recognize its history rooted in the gay rights movement, the progress that has been made towards greater rights, and to continue to advocate for equity and inclusion.

In 2022, RRC Polytech unveiled its new personalized Pride design, which is an evolution of the Progress Pride flag. The design, which is painted as walkways on the Notre Dame, Exchange District, and Portage La Prairie campuses, represents our shared commitment and dedication to fostering safer spaces on our campuses where all students, staff, and visitors feel that they belong.

RRC Polytech's Exchange District Campus as seen from above, showcasing the Elgin Avenue promenade and Rainbow Walkway painted on the pavement.
The Rainbow Walkway as seen from above the Elgin Avenue Promenade at RRC Polytech’s Exchange District Campus.

Last June, we introduced a new RRC Polytech Pride Float for the first time. This was a project that was led by the RRC Polytech Pride Planning Committee and was built by a number of areas in our School of Skilled Trades and Technologies. At the same time last year, RRC Polytech’s personalized Pride flag was raised alongside the Treaty One Nation and Red River Métis flags at the bus loop entrance of the Notre Dame Campus, as a symbol of unity, pride, and inclusivity. The flags fly year-round as a daily reminder of our shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and enacting Truth and Reconciliation in everything we do.

Show your Pride – visit RRC Polytech’s Diversity blog for more information on upcoming Pride Month activities happening on and off campus, and for resources on how to further equity and inclusion every day. 

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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