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There is a debate within Calgary’s two spirited community about whether police in uniform should have been banned in the city’s pride parade scheduled to take place September 3.
Organizers announced the ban last week in keeping with other organizing committees in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.
“The uniform represents different things for different people,” said Evans Old Yellow Woman. “And for us, the people of the Indigenous community it represents oppression. There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done within the CPS (Calgary Police Services).”
The Calgary Pride organizers have been debating the issue for the past year.
The CPS said it was disappointed by the decision but will respect it.
And others say the Calgary Pride parade is supposed to be about inclusiveness.
“This isn’t Toronto and having been a police commissioner for over 10 years,” said City Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart. “There are many things about that decision that I find offensive.
Colley-Urquhart said she is boycotting the parade.
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