Saskatchewan Pride month is underway with celebrations starting in Saskatoon this past weekend.
Residents in the province were stunned when they heard the news from Florida; 50 people died and another 53 were injured after a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando Saturday night.
Regina is gearing up for its own pride celebrations, kicking off on June 18.
And while the shooting will be on everyone’s minds, the festivities will continue as planned.
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness spoke Sunday about the shootings.
He says as Canadians celebrate Pride this month, it’s extremely important the celebrations go forward with a sense of safety and security.
On Sunday afternoon, President Obama called the shooting a terrorist attack.
“What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred,” Obama said about the alleged shooter. “We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate.”
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall extended his sympathies Sunday through social media adding his thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families.
He also expressed gratitude for law enforcement.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron have sent messages of condolence from Britain for the attack.
Cameron said he was “horrified” by the shooting.
Buckingham Palace says the queen sent a message to President Barack Obama saying; “Prince Philip and I have been shocked by the events in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.”
The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan in Regina reacted as well Sunday.
“The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan and the Muslim community of Regina share the shock and grief being experienced by all Canadians and throughout the world and strongly condemn this inhuman act of brutality,” the group said in a release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Both Saskatoon and Regina hosted vigils Sunday evening.