Fernie is a renowned, picturesque, little ski town 300 kms away from Calgary, and secondary home to many Calgarians, including myself. The Fernie Pride Society hosts the Elk Valley Pride Festival every Autumn. Part of the charm of this Festival, is how thoroughly Fernie embraces Pride. This year, Lindsay Vallance, the Fernie Museum’s Collections Manager, produced an entertaining short video of a little-known gay history story from 17th Century proto-Canada.
She includes rowing galleys, French kings, missionaries, executioners, and the Iroquois Confederacy.
Thank you, Lindsay. You have made a wry, thrumming, drumming contribution to gay history!