UVic Pride exists and operates on the unceded and unsurrendered Lekwungen and WSÁNÉC territories, and strives to work in and support ongoing processes of decolonization. Queerness as an Other to a “norm”, is a colonial construct, and the separation of sexualities, genders, and romantic interests into a hierarchy as they exist today is an imposed colonial system. We encourage all UVic Pride collective members, and all people, to reflect critically on their relationship to the lands they work, play, and live on; and to the nation(s) and state powers they exist under and are complacent to.
The UVic Pride Collective is a constituency group of the [link: University of Victoria Students’ Society ] (UVSS). We receive our funding primarily from the undergraduate students at the University of Victoria (UVic), and are mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide resources and services for queer, trans, and two-spirit students on Campus. However, it is through the dedication of the undergraduate students of UVic that we are able to offer our support to the wider community as a whole – we are open to both students and the community members of Vancouver Island.
Our goal is to provide resources, advocacy, education, information, referral services, peer support, skill development, and workshops, as well as the organization and support of political and social activities/campaigns. As a student-run organization, we are also a conduit for students to develop their skills in activism, social justice, and community organizing. The intent of UVic Pride is to promote and provide an atmosphere that celebrates sexual, gender, romantic, and sex diversity; build community, and to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students and community members: including people of any race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sex, colour, age, ability, neurotype, class, sexuality, romantic orientation, nationality, appearance, and religious or political affiliation. We seek not only to end homo-antagonism, bi-antagonism, trans-antagonism, and the oppression of intersex people, but to promote social justice and combat oppression in solidarity with all marginalized groups.
If you’re looking for a drop-in space to hang out, study, read, eat food, access resources, etc., come on by our Centre in SUB B010 and say “hi”! For those interested in our events, workshops, campaigns etc., check out our [link: Google calendar ], [link: Facebook ], or our email listserve (sign up located at the bottom of the page) for more information. For those interested in getting involved with the organizing and decision-making process, you can attend collective meetings, sign-up to volunteer, or run for elections (at our AGM in October or SAGM in March). We are always open to new people, and everyone is welcome.
Phone: (250) 472-4393
In person: UVic Pride Centre, B010 Student Union Building (3800 Finnerty Road), University of Victoria