The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are officially underway, and on Friday the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador raised the Pride flag on Confederation Hill for the first time in the province’s history.

Towns and cities across Canada, including St. John’s, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Gander, are raising the rainbow-coloured flag in response to Olympic host country Russia’s anti-gay laws and to show their support for sexual and gender equality.

Meanwhile, Marystown-born figure skater Katelyn Osmond will compete in her first Olympic event at 12:40 p.m. NST on Saturday afternoon.

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Justin Brake is an independent journalist from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland) who currently lives and works on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa. He is of mixed settler and Mi'kmaq descent and focuses much of his attention on Indigenous rights and liberation, social justice, climate action and decolonization. He has worked in various capacities for CBC, The Telegram, APTN News and The Independent, and is actively exploring new forms and styles of journalistic storytelling through emerging frameworks like movement journalism and systems journalism.