The 7th Annual Alberta GSA Conference will be held on Saturday November 17th, 2018, at Jasper Place High School on Treaty 6 land in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton) Alberta. Doors open at 9:00am and the conference ends at 4:10pm. Bring a digital (phone) or physical printed copy of your ticket with the QR code visible to make registration go faster!

Make sure you sign-up for the workshop types that fit who you are! Workshops are divided by different grades, and whether they are for just students, just teachers, or both. Check the workshop audience in the description when you sign up! There will also be a French workshop available each block, thanks to our partners at Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta! Workshop attendees who have registered for workshops will be given priority if the workshop is full.

Almost all workshops in Block 1 will repeat again in Block 2. Block 3 will be activity & arts-based!
BLOCK 1: 11:10am - 12:20pm
BLOCK 2: 1:35pm - 2:45pm
BLOCK 3: 3:00pm - 4:10pm

The Chill Zone will be a quiet drop-in room available to hangout, do crafts, get tarot readings, and/or speak with a counselor if needed. Located in the STAR Program room (next to Room 183) the Chill Zone will be available during Block 1, 2, and 3.

The Smudge Space will be a drop-in gathering space and/or sharing circle where folks will be able to smudge and come together in community. Located in Room 128, the Smudge Space will be available during Block 1 and 2.

The entire conference takes place on the 1st floor with the exception of the cafeteria which is down a flight of stairs next to an elevator.
Washrooms will be all-gender with stalls and are wheelchair accessible.
An ASL Interpreter will be available for the keynote presentation as well as other workshops as needed.
There may be smudging in certain workshops, if you have severe allergies to smoke please inform the Workshop Ambassador so that a dry smudge can be performed instead.

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Saturday, November 17 • 11:10am - 12:20pm
Spirituality & LGBTQ2S+ Identity LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students & School Staff k-12
This session will be a moderated panel discussion of spirituality and LGBTQ2S+ identities.


Raj Bali

I'm a consultant in corporate diversity and inclusion strategy with Prompta Consulting. I have an MBA from Babson College, Boston with a minor in consumer behaviour studies and a B. Int' Bus. from Carleton University with a major in Int'l Marketing. Through my studies and personal... Read More →

Mark Guevarra

Mark Guevarra formerly worked as a Pastoral Associate in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton but was fired for being gay. Mark is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion within the Roman Catholic Church and a volunteer with several LGBTQ religious organizations in Edmonton.

Rev Lorne Manweiler

Priest-in-charge, St Timothy's Anglican Church, Edmonton;  Pastoral coordinator, Equally Anglican, LGBTQ2S+ ministry at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Old Strathcona.

Sissy Thiessen

Sissy Thiessen is a Treaty 6 Nakota Sioux, Cree & German cultural facilitator, Powwow dancer, crafter/beader, spoken word poet and creative writer from Edmonton, Alberta. She studied Communications & Journalism at Mount Royal University and has won various awards in the areas of community... Read More →

Gianmarco Visconti

Gianmarco Visconti is a queer Ismaili Muslim poet from Edmonton, Alberta, and an alumnus of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. He was awarded the 2015 CLA Student Article Award from the Canadian Library Association for research he completed... Read More →

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm MST
Learning Resource Centre (Library)