What We Do
Fierté Timmins Pride (FTP), the only visible 2SLGBTQ+ presence within the Cochrane & Temiskaming Districts of Northeastern Ontario (the region), is a volunteer Board created to organize and support Pride events for the area. Since their founding in 2014, FTP has been called upon by community partners to provide training, services, and crisis support. Fierté Timmins Pride began in September 2014 with a small group of local organizers and three months of planning time. With over 300 people in attendance in the first Pride event in the region, it was an
outstanding success for a small community. Fierté Timmins Pride has grown over the past nine years, with a committee that has grown to a volunteer Board of Directors and is a registered not-for-profit organization.
What the Colors of the Pride Flag Mean
The pride flag colors each hold a different meaning, and each color represents an important value of the LGBTQIA+ community. Let's take a look at what each of the rainbow colors represents.
The Meaning of the New Progress Pride Flag
The new Progress Pride Flag includes new colors and a new design that are meant to represent people of color, as well as people who are transgender, intersex, or non-binary.
The red in the flag represents life. This makes sense if you think about how blood is red and how often blood is thought of as a vital life force of the body. Red also represents passion among many cultures. And, passion is ideally where life originates from.
Orange represents healing. As a color, orange is believed to be a fun and celebratory color. Fun and celebration are both healing activities.
If you guessed that yellow represented sunlight, you would be correct. The color yellow functions as the flag's radiant and bright center. The color yellow is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts.
There's a lot of green in nature, which is what this color on the original pride flag is meant to convey. Nature is a healing place, and the color green is associated with prosperity and growth.
The indigo or blue in the original pride flag was for serenity. Little is more important than the ability to feel calm and serene. Blue is known as a relaxing color that soothes the soul. The color blue is often used for nighttime consumer products to represent bedtime and calmness.
The last color, violet (or purple) represents spirit. Purple is often thought of as a regal, royal color that, on its own, denotes pride. Like blue, purple is considered a calming color, but rather than being associated only with calm, the color purple connects us to the spiritual realm.
Black and Brown Represents People of Color
The colors black and brown were added to the Progress Pride Flag to represent people of color (POC). This was an important addition because people of color have often been left out of the queer narrative despite being the driving force behind the movement.
Pink, Baby Blue, and White Represent Trans People
Traditionally, the colors pink and baby blue have been used to represent whether a baby is a boy or a girl. Here, the colors denote those genders. The color white represents people who are transitioning, intersex, or identify outside of the gender binary.
Our Ideas and Additional Information:
It is our 10th anniversary, therefore, we want something to signify this anniversary. Our website is at -- www.timminspride.com -- you can view our yearly events on the website broken down by year.
We would like the colors of the pride flag to be included as described in the color tab of the submission.
Community Background information to consider.
The Cochrane & Temiskaming Districts of Northeastern Ontario are located in the Treaty 9 territory and the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory which has a reported population of 109,387 according to the 2021 census. For the purpose of this Needs Assessment, this area which is defined as the Cochrane & Temiskaming Districts of Northeastern Ontario, will be referred to as ‘the region’ throughout
the remainder of this document.
The region includes the City of Timmins, as well as the communities of Cochrane, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming Shores and traverses up the James Bay Coast. The City of Timmins which is the fourth-largest city in the Northeastern Ontario region serves as a regional centre. The cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Thunder Bay are all an average about 700 km distance from this region.
According to census data, the region is populated with approximately 89% nonIndigenous settlers (including 2% racialized settlers), and 11% First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples. The region has a large Francophone community, with more than 50% of the population being bilingual in French and
English. This region’s economy is based on natural resource extraction and is supported by industries related to forestry, the mining of gold, zinc, copper, nickel and silver and agriculture in addition to government, education, social services, and healthcare.
There are four school boards in the Northeastern region, a public English, a public French, a Catholic-English and a CatholicFrench, supporting approximately 6,600 students. In addition, there are three postsecondary institutions with several campuses throughout the region.