The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has followed the global trend of large corporations that are celebrating Pride throughout in June. The organisation is using the month to reinforce and re-state its support of the LGBTQ2S + community. The Progress flag will fly outside of its headquarters in Kamloops throughout the month.
In additional gestures, the company has renovated some parts of its headquarters, making additions like the Pride crosswalk. The BCLC’s Vancouver office will also display building decals that display the colours of the Progress flag.
Residential school victims remembered
The joy of celebrating an increasingly accepting world has been tempered by the grim atrocities of the past that have recently come to light with the discovery of the bodies of 215 victims of the Kamloops residential school.
The company also made the public acknowledgement that its head office is situated on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
In light of this, the BCLC advised that all its flags would fly at half-mast in honour of the victims and their families.
Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President of Player Experience, explained that diversity, belonging, and inclusion all form part of a vital process and are not just items to casually tick off a list. He also stated that he is proud to fly the Progress flag at the company’s headquarters in Kamloops and that this signals a key development in BCLC’s journey to bettering its diversity and inclusivity.
Katelyn Boughton, the Kamloops Pride Committee President and a Senior System Analyst at BCLC, is one of the founding members of BCLC’s Pride Committee. Her work spans various Pride initiatives, including the 2019 opening of the rainbow crosswalk. She added that flying the Progress flag at BCLC’s headquarters is a symbol of the diversity, inclusion, belonging and acceptance as LGBTQ2S+ that are important to everyone at BCLC.
The BCLC emphasised that its commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace remains unshaken and that it fully intends to keep ensuring that all employees have access to equal opportunities and are offered the dignity and respect that they are entitled to.