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
Creating a Haven: Really Red Deer it isn't that hard LIMITED

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AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School staff.
This session will be based on story-sharing, group conversation, and activities that you can bring back to your GSA. Discussions will include how we often want to storm the gates, yell and scream or chain ourselves to a building to stand up for our people. The hard part is that often doesn't support people to learn.  The small conversations, the stories are the key to change.  Being a good ally to the gender diverse community. Teaching the older LGBTQ2+ folks that there is more to learn and a heck of a lot more we need to fight for. That some LGBTQ2+ people like me have immense privilege and there is not only external oppression, but internal and it is terrible. Whether it is an indigenous trans pre teen living on reserve or, a leader who won't gender non-binary co-workers correctly, a 40+ lesbian who figures I am the safe person to ask "what flag is that?", an older adult trans women from an urban centre who doesn't understand gender and then realizes she is intersex, a black LGTBQ2+ woman who experiences racism within our community, etc.  All of these conversations have to happen. Then we add on interplay with the law, fleeing your family, and where you grew up, and finding safety.  Some find support and strength in street and drug culture. Then you have some hard conversations about caring and safety. We will be talking about creating and holding space. Nothing about us without us.


Shay Vanderschaeghe

Shay Vanderschaeghe (she/her) was born in Manitoba and has lived her adult life in Alberta. She came out of the closet in 1993 and since that time has worked in the Alberta HIV and Harm Reduction sector. Shay joined Heritage Family Services to increase the organizations LGBTQ+ cultural... Read More →

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm MST
Room 102