New Langford road banners blend Indigenous and LGBTQ designs

New Langford road banners blend Indigenous and LGBTQ designs
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An example of one of the new

New “Rainbow Trout” banners will soon be set up in Langford, combining symbols from both a local First Nation and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

The design was thought of by Russ Chipps, Chief of the Sc’ianew First Nation (Beecher Bay), and was designed by his daughter, Jeannie Chipps.

“When making this design, I wanted to create a unity between both the 2SLGBTQIA+ and the Indigenous communities that would be seen as powerful for both groups and equally meaningful for people residing in both groups,” said Jeannie Chipps in a statement Thursday.

The City of Langford says the new banners are part of the municipality’s work towards reconciliation, by collaborating with Indigenous partners and celebrating their art and other works.

The municipality adds that it has introduced the city’s first Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy, and the banners align with that initiative as well.

For the first time, the City of Langford will participate in the Victoria Pride Parade on July 7.

“Langford is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, with a population that represents a wide range of cultural backgrounds and diverse voices. Fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and included is a priority of council,” said Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson.

“These banners celebrate Indigenous art and culture and represent the spirit of diversity and inclusion that we strive to cultivate within the community,” he said.

The banners will be set up along Goldstream Avenue in downtown Langford next month, as part of National Indigenous History Month.

On June 8, Langford will also be hosting the annual ChangeMakers Gathering Festival, which showcases Indigenous culture through activities, an Indigenous artisan market, a free bannock taco lunch, and live music.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Starlight Stadium 1089 Langford Pkwy.

The city adds that it’s hosting a “Pride Celebration” night during its weekly Fridays at the Station event on June 14.

The event, in collaboration with the Victoria Beer Society, will feature musical performances, an Instagram pop-up wall, a community art project and a friendship bracelet-making station at the craft market.

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