For the first time, the Pride flag was raised at Nunavut’s legislature on Wednesday morning in honor of Pride Month.
Some MLAs also wear Pride pins to celebrate the 2SLGBTQ community.
John Main, Health Minister for Nunavut and the MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, said young people should not feel guilty about their sexuality.
“First of all, you are loved. You are loved,” he said.
“Whatever your sexuality, you are loved. Second, if you’re feeling down today, the days ahead will be better. You won’t suffer forever.”
Meanwhile, Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Janet Brewster talked about raising the flag in her member’s statement.
“Celebrating Pride Month is about equality, representation and visibility,” says Brewster.
“As a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, I take off my mask to say that today and every day, it’s important that we show more to those who don’t have the courage to do so. so.”
Pride Month runs until the end of June. Schools across Nunavut are holding events to celebrate, while schools in Iqaluit are holding a Pride walk on Wednesday.
Mayor Kenny Bell confirmed to CBC News that the City of Iqaluit also recently approved the rainbow painting – one for Joamie Ilinniarvik School, one for Aqsarniit High School and one for Nakasuk Elementary School in case there is interest .
Last year, the city approved a painted rainbow walkway at Inuksuk High School.