The organizers of Pride, Not Prejudice acknowledge that our home, located in Ottawa, is on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial.
We recognize the Algonquins as the customary keepers and defenders of the Ottawa River Watershed and its tributaries. Further, we respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land.
We acknowledge the historical oppression of lands, cultures and the original Peoples in what we now know as Canada and fervently believe the Arts contribute to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together.
A huge shout out of thanks to the Feminist Twins and Emily of Cheerfully Made for providing essential advice, expertise, honesty, and trust. Their advice and support in the initial stages of planning this event made everything so much easier. Forever grateful for the spirit of community over competition that these folks embody.
Thanks must also go to PlanetJon for partnering in this initiative through providing the website hosting, development and shop infrastructure for this event. His willingness to satisfy my aesthetic NEEDS (and wants) allowed for this event to be a truly customized experience, which we hope is enjoyed by all.
Thanks to HomoPhono and #StayHomo for their partnership in a FANTASTIC social on Saturday night!
Appreciation is also extended to the sponsors who helped us achieve the goal of not having vendors choose whether or not to participate based on their financial situation. These sponsored vendor spots, coupled with our sliding scale gave us the ability to encourage folks to apply regardless of the vendor fee.
Our heartfelt gratitude is also extended to the amazing cohort of vendors who placed their trust in us for this inaugural adventure. Always, but especially in these uncertain times, there is risk in participating in any show. We are thankful that you deemed us worth the risk!
Thank you to our community resources for working with us to share the news of their organizations and the work they do. We appreciate the work they do to make our communities stronger.
And finally, thank you to everyone who came out, who browsed, who shopped, who engaged with our vendors and posts. This event wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for supporting small, local, handmade creators.