A Kelowna Pride Festival 2019 participant holds up a flag. (Kelowna Pride Society)

A Kelowna Pride Festival 2019 participant holds up a flag. (Kelowna Pride Society)

Pride Society ‘disappointed’ with lack of consultation by RCMP on Safe Place Program

Kelowna Pride Society said there was a lack of community consultation regarding the initiative

The Kelowna Pride Society said they are “disappointed” and “concerned” about the lack of community consultation with regards to the RCMP’s Safe Place Program.

The project aims to give LGBT2Q+ community members who may be victims of crime, feeling unsafe or in distress to come into a building or business and have a safe shelter to wait for police assistance.

The society said they applaud the effort but dialogue and attention to detail are important in ensuring the well-being of marginalized communities such as the LGBT2Q+ and BIMPOC communities. The society said members didn’t even know about the initiative until it was made public through media reports.

“We have been able and willing to contribute to such initiatives to ensure effective, inclusive and safe program delivery and accountability,” the society said in a statement.

“Historically, the relationship between the RCMP and the LGBT2Q+ community has been tumultuous. This is why we are disappointed and concerned about the lack of community consultation which leaves us with many unanswered questions at this time.”

The society said they understand why the program is needed, but that consultation is necessary to ensure the impact of the project is positive and does not cause further trauma.

A list of questions for the Kelowna RCMP include topics addressing training for officers and approved organizations, recommended steps during a crisis, expected response time from RCMP, and more.

The Kelowna Pride Society is meeting with community members to discuss the topic on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

More information can be found on their Facebook page.

The Capital News has reached out to the Kelowna RCMP for comment.

READ: Kelowna RCMP launches safe place program for LGBTQ2S+ community


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

LGBTQ

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The BC SPCA Shuswap Branch announced Captain and Maria had been adopted together on Feb. 28, 2021. (BC SPCA Shuswap Branch photo)
Shuswap BC SPCA’s inseperable pair of akbash dogs given home

Staff and volunteers at happy to see Captain and Maria adopted together

The District of Sicamous got behind a UBCM resolution which would keep loggers off managed snowmobile trails in the winter. (File photo)
Sicamous, snowmobile club want to keep loggers off sled trails in the winter

Resolution going to UBCM asking that recreational use be given priority in peak snowmobile season

Two semis sideswiped each other after one crossed a double-solid line on the Trans-Canada Highway in Craigellachie on March 2. (Sicamous RCMP image)
Head-on crash avoided by inches as semi trucks side swipe east of Sicamous

Police say a westbound semi truck crossed the double-solid line. Its driver was ticketed.

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

423 cases remain active in the region

Theresa Worthington and her daughter Alexa, from Sorrento and Salmon Arm respectively, discovered on Feb. 13, 2021 they were the happy winners of $500,000 in the Daily Grand lottery. (Contributed)
Two Shuswap women share $500,000 lottery win

Mom from Sorrento, daughter in Salmon Arm still deciding what to do with winnings during COVID-19

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared the Lumby RCMP of any wrongdoing after a missing person was found deceased in December 2020. (IIO photo)
Police watchdog says North Okanagan RCMP played no role in missing person’s death

The body was found by a family member shortly after the RCMP suspended their search

The images are of Bald Eagles feeding.
Photos: Birds of prey

Princeton photographer captures compelling photos of a Bald Eagle breakfast

HOPE Okanagan’s Stay at Home Gala will raise funds to help serve Kelowna and Vernon’s vulnerable. (HOPE Okanagan)
Non-profit hosts virtual gala to support Okanagan’s vulnerable

HOPE Okanagan wants to raise awareness and support for those struggling in the streets

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

An off-duty Vernon Taxi driver got a 24-hour licence suspension, vehicle towed, after failing a standardized field sobriety test around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (John E Green - Facebook)
Vernon Taxi towed after driver suspected impaired

Off-duty cab towed from McDonald’s drive-thru early Tuesday morning

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

Most Read