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Vriend Versus Alberta Part 2: De-Termination

In the previous episode of Vriend Versus Alberta we learned how the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms laid the groundwork for 2SLGBTQI+ activists to begin pressing for progressive reform in Alberta.  All that was needed was a cause to rally behind; an injustice that could be used to launch a challenge to the exclusion of sexual orientation from Alberta’s human rights legislation. That injustice would take place on January 28th, 1991 when a laboratory coordinator employed at The King’s College would be fired for being gay. This man was Delwin Vriend. Welcome to episode 2 of […]

Vriend Versus Alberta Part 1: Before Vriend

Vriend Versus Alberta is a special podcast series detailing the ground-breaking Supreme Court ruling that helped pave the way for equality for Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ community.  On January 28, 1991, Delwin Vriend was fired from his job as a laboratory coordinator at The King’s College in Edmonton, Alta. because he was gay. Delwin’s only recourse was to file a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. However, in 1991 sexual orientation was not included as a protected ground against discrimination in Alberta’s human rights legislation. It was perfectly legal for members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community to be refused service at restaurants, […]

Vriend Versus Alberta: Trailer

April 2, 2023 is the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on Vriend v. Alberta. This historic decision paved the way for equality for Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ community. Vriend Versus Alberta is a special podcast series produced by Edmonton Community Foundation and the Edmonton Queer History Project. Written and directed by Darrin Hagen, this project has been 18 months in the making.  The story is told using more than a dozen in-depth interviews with key figures who participated in securing equality for sexual and gender minorities in Canada.  This includes interviews with Delwin Vriend; his legal counsel Sheila […]

Episode 143: Art Gallery of Alberta Funds for the Future

On this episode, our correspondent, Aubrianna Snow, takes us on a journey through the Art Gallery of Alberta‘s curatorial process, and how they create art collections and experiences that are accessible to all. We also learn about the vital role endowment funds play in helping the gallery continue its work for generations to come. The original Art Gallery of Alberta Fund was established in December of 1989 by the Poole family – one of the first funds established during ECF inaugural year. This fund alone has provided grants more than $2,000,000 to the Art Gallery since its inception. In anticipation […]