Staff Sergeant Graham Morgan giving his condolences to Diversity’s family during his speech at the pride flag-raising ceremony outside of the Kitimat RCMP police station. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Staff Sergeant Graham Morgan giving his condolences to Diversity’s family during his speech at the pride flag-raising ceremony outside of the Kitimat RCMP police station. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Kitimat RCMP host pride flag ceremony in memory of Diversity Morgan

“We’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination”

With heavy hearts, the Kitimat RCMP hosted a pride flag ceremony to highlight the RCMP’s commitment to inclusion and diversification, as well as honouring the passing of 15-year-old transgender student, Diversity Morgan, from Kitimat.

Speeches were given by Staff Sergeant Graham Morgan, Mayor Phil Germuth, Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Crystal Smith, and Diversity’s father, Mike Wilson.

“We are gathered here for the pride flag ceremony, but in my mind, we’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination. […] Today we celebrate what makes us all unique individuals,” Mayor Phil Germuth said in his speech at the pride flag ceremony.

Struggling to get the words out, Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation’s chief councillor, emphasized her condolences to Diversity’s family in her speech sharing her similar experiences as well as acknowledging the need for education around these subjects.

Diversity’s step-father, Mike Wilson, said he wished that everyone was there under different circumstances but was grateful to see the turnout and the support from the community.

In honour of Diversity, the Kitimat RCMP also lowered their Canadian flag to half-mast, to bring awareness for people who are experiencing discrimination and are in need of additional support.

The Kitimat RCMP also stated that next June the pride flag outside of the Kitimat RCMP station will be raised in honour of Diversity with a community event.

Kitimat Save-On-Foods also donated water and snacks for the ceremony.

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Mayor Phil Germuth with Graham Morgan, staff sergeant of the Kitimat RCMP, giving a speech to the community about diversification, in honour of Diversity Morgan - the 15-year-old teen who was found dead on June 2. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Mayor Phil Germuth with Graham Morgan, staff sergeant of the Kitimat RCMP, giving a speech to the community about diversification, in honour of Diversity Morgan - the 15-year-old teen who was found dead on June 2. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Kitimat RCMP’s new rainbow coloured police badges in honour of the LGBTQ+ community and pride month. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Kitimat RCMP’s new rainbow coloured police badges in honour of the LGBTQ+ community and pride month. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)