Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane issued the following statement on Pride Month:
“Pride celebrations across Canada began last week, and I am proud to stand in solidarity with all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, across the country and in the Northwest Territories.
“The month of June is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all their contributions to what makes the Northwest Territories vibrant and diverse.
“All residents of the Northwest Territories deserve the right to be treated equally. No matter who you choose to love, or what identity defines you, no one should have to face persecution or discrimination.
“Residents should be able to celebrate their own identity free of judgement. For decades, the LGBTQ+ community has fought hard for the same basic human rights that we all expect to have – many of which are taken for granted. 2SLGBTQIA+ people continue to face discrimination every day because of who they are and who they love. As a society, we cannot tolerate this, and must continue to ensure 2SLGBTQIA+ people are treated equally and fairly. We are your allies and stand with you.
“June is not only a month to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; it is also a time to celebrate the acceptance of a community, and the progress that has been made on a very simple statement: love is love.
“People have spent decades fighting for the right to marriage, to adopt and build a family, and to express their gender and identity. It’s important we continue to have an open dialogue about how our society has treated 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the past, and how we can move forward, together.
“I want to thank all those who have taken up this fight – you have sacrificed so much to help build a more inclusive and tolerant society. Your courage has helped change the lives of many just like you.
“There is still a lot of work to do to ensure the rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ people are respected, and the Government of the Northwest Territories remains committed to defending the rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ residents and continuing to support all efforts to rid our society of intolerance, and promote equality for all.”