Feds unveil the Canada Pride Citation for LGBTQ2 RCMP members
The Government of Canada says it is taking action to address the historical injustices experienced by LGBTQ2 federal public servants, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Armed Forces members and to commemorate their resilience, bravery and sacrifice.
Member of Parliament and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, Randy Boissonnault, unveiled the design of the new Canada Pride Citation on November 6. The Citation is one element in the implementation of the Final Settlement Agreement of the Ross, Roy, Satalic Class Action, often referred to as the ‘LGBT Purge’ Class Action.
“The Canada Pride Citation acknowledges the injustices faced by LGBTQ2 Canadians who proudly served their country, yet whom were met, in return, with intolerance and discrimination,” said Boissonnault. “It recognizes the sacrifices made by these individuals and the importance of remembering the past to prevent such harms from ever happening again. This is a powerful symbol of hope for a stronger, more inclusive Canada.”
The Canada Pride Citation was created by a design committee of class members, class legal counsel, federal government representatives and the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The Citation includes an insignia featuring a central maple leaf between eight chevrons in the pride colours and a lapel pin featuring a central maple leaf surrounded by a border in the eight pride colours.
“I have an immense respect for the sincerity and significance of the creative process that has gone into this citation,” said class member Martine Roy. “It represents the hard and arduous work was put into the resolution and restitution of the LGBT Purge.”
In order to receive the Canada Pride Citation, individuals must be a class member as defined in the Ross, Roy, Satalic Class Action Final Settlement Agreement. Class members must complete a claim form and send to the Claims Administrator during the claims period. The claims period opened on October 25, 2018, and will end on April 25, 2019.
“The Canada Pride Citation is a meaningful step towards reconciliation with the LGBTQ2 community, and I am proud to support it as a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in a modernized RCMP,” added Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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