A pride flag will be raised at Keyano College for the first time in the school’s history.
PrideYMM Board Member Reagan Morris tells Mix News Keyano reached out to them about a month ago asking anyone if they had a flag to use.
She says it means a lot to have such a well-known staple in Fort McMurray do something like this without being asked.
“It automatically creates a sense of safety within that organization, so them being so accepting and influential is very important to not only me, somebody of the LGBTQ community, but somebody who’s a member of the Fort McMurray community.”
Morris, who donated who own flag to Keyano, says this sends a positive message not just in the RMWB but to students looking at schools to continue their education.
“It’s sending a message that this college is accepting and tolerant of all people and proud to be. Them raising this flag is nothing short but incredible.”
School’s like Keyano will also be topping Morris’ list of post-secondary education locations. She says she wants to go to a school that’s open to everybody and feels safe.
Meanwhile, the flag raising is also coinciding with the community’s week long pride festivities.
Morris believes the community has become a very warm and welcoming place for people of the LGBTQ community.
“Everybody’s come from somewhere else, everybody has been new here once, everybody has wanted to be accepted as a new person or someone with unique traits, so we all have that understanding and share that with each other.”
Although there is still some hate towards the community, she sees major steps being taken by many people hoping to have Fort McMurray become more inclusive of everybody.
Keyano will be raising the pride flag on Thursday.