Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

RRC Polytech’s Personalized Pride Design

May 29, 2024

RRC Polytech is committed to enacting Truth and Reconciliation and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in everything we do. A big part of this commitment is creating representative and inclusive spaces on our campuses.

To visually represent our shared commitment and dedication to fostering safer spaces where all students, staff and visitors feel they belong, RRC Polytech created a personalized Pride design.

The design is an evolution of the Progress Pride flag* that includes representation for all 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex and Asexual) community members, and includes specific Indigenous elements.

*”Progress” Pride Flag by Daniel Quasar is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Consultation Process

Each design element was subject to a consultation process with RRC Polytech’s Knowledge Keepers’ Council*, Students’ Association, and Gender and Sexual Diversity working group. The College also worked with the Rainbow Resource Centre on the evolution of the design.

*McLeod, A. Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Métis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. Pride Flag Consultations – Knowledge Keepers Council meetings. April – June 2022.

Elements of Design

This evolution corresponds with the adoption of the 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym, leading with “2S” as an act of reconciliation and acknowledging that Indigenous people have a history and culture that honours and is inclusive of Two Spirit Peoples.

The triangle represents the badge that LGBT prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Its placement also forms a teepee, which is a shelter shape used historically by many First Nations people. The resulting arrow shows forward movement, while demonstrating progress still needs to be made.

The Medicine Wheel incorporates traditional Indigenous stories and teachings, while its purple and yellow borders honour intersex individuals. Each colour used in the design represents and holds an important meaning — from healing to sunlight, for example.

RRC Polytech's personalized Pride design
  • Lavender – Diversity
  • Hot pink – Sex
  • Red – Life
  • Orange – Healing
  • Yellow – Sunlight
  • Green – Nature
  • Turquoise – Magic
  • Indigo – Serenity
  • Violet – Spirit
  • Black & Brown – People of Colour
  • Light Blue & Pink – Transpeople
  • White – those living with HIV/AIDS

Where to Find the Design

RRC Polytech’s personalized Pride flag flies alongside the Treaty One and Red River Métis flags at the bus loop entrance of the Notre Dame Campus, as a symbol of unity, pride and inclusivity.

You can also find the design painted on walkways at our Notre Dame, Exchange District and Portage campuses, where it serves as a reminder of our shared values and the understanding that our work in making our campus community more equitable, diverse and inclusive has not finished.

For more information, including usage requests, contact diversity@rrc.ca.

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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