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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!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
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

CHILL ZONE & SMUDGE SPACE
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.

ACCESSIBILITY
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
 

9:00am

Registration
Bring a digital (phone) or physical printed copy of your ticket with the QR code visible to make registration go faster! Otherwise you can register by giving the name on your ticket and you will receive your swag bags and conference details.
Coffee and refreshments will be available!

Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Entrance

9:50am

Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Housekeeping: Jasper Place High School GSA Club

Opening Prayer & Blessing: Roxanne Tootoosis, Knowledge Keeper

Greetings from the Government of Alberta: Member Estefania Cortes-Vargas, MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park

Keynote Address: Hasina Juma
Level Up Your GSA Game! Learn how you can amplify the impact of your school’s GSA by catering to the needs of LGBTQ2+ people of colour, a group that is just now gaining visibility in society and in the LGBTQ2+ community. Drawing from Hasina’s advocacy work and her lived experience as bisexual person of colour, she will share concrete principles that can be used by students, educators and parents. Hasina will also share her journey of how she boldly embraced her bisexuality as a Canadian born individual who grew up in Sherwood Park, a hamlet outside of Edmonton, as a Muslim with family roots in Africa/South Asia.

*Note: there will be smudging in the gym at the front stage, those with allergies are advised not to sit in the first 20 rows. Please contact organizers for any concerns: albertaGSAnetwork@gmail.com

Speakers
avatar for Estefania Cortes-Vargas

Estefania Cortes-Vargas

Alberta Government Greetings
Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA, Estefania Cortes-Vargas, was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on May 5, 2015. Prior to this, Cortes-Vargas worked as an educational assistant for Edmonton Public Schools for over four years and was enrolled in the social work program at... Read More →
avatar for Hasina Juma

Hasina Juma

Keynote Speaker
Hasina is an advocate who is boldly raising awareness about bisexual people of colour, a group that is invisible in the Canadian communities of colour especially the South Asian and Muslim communities as well as marginalized within the LGBTQ2 community and society.Through her digital... Read More →
avatar for Roxanne Tootoosis

Roxanne Tootoosis

Knowledge Keeper


Saturday November 17, 2018 9:50am - 10:55am
Gymnasium

11:10am

Beyond tolerance: LGBTQ2SA+ inclusion and diversity in elementary education
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Elementary teachers & school staff (k-6)
The objectives of this workshop are to: 1) increase knowledge and awareness of LGBTQ2SA+ and gender concerns in elementary education; 2) provide elementary school teachers and staff with resources and strategies for creating more inclusive and welcoming environments; 3) put forward a call for re-examining curriculum, pedagogy, and policy for more inclusive and diverse learning environments for LGBTQ2SA+ and gender diverse students, their families, and staff; and 4) engage participants in discussing what they feel is needed in their classrooms and teaching practices to support LGBTQ2SA+ inclusion and acceptance.

Speakers
KP

Kate Paterson

Kate Paterson is a PhD Candidate in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Over the past ten years, Kate has gained experience in elementary education as a K-6 teacher’s assistant, researcher and consultant. Her previous research explored... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 104

11:10am

Creating a Haven: Really Red Deer it isn't that hard
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
SV

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
Room 102

11:10am

GSA 101 - How to build a Sustainable Gay - Straight Alliance
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12
In this workshop we'll teach you how to start and grow a GSA, from organizing meetings to putting together a leadership team. We'll also be teaching you how to make sure that your GSA is sustainable in the long run, along with tips on some amazing activities/events that your GSA can hold to increase awareness and attendance.


Speakers
SE

SAGA Edmonton

This workshop is organized by Lauren Ritchie, Dylan Seemann, Dylan Chevalier, and Dara Smith from the Sexual and Gender Acceptance Edmonton Ltd. (SAGA) is an up and coming LGBTQ2S+ organization that is dedicated to holding events around the city for LGBTQ2S+ youth while also supporting... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 105

11:10am

Health and Healthcare for LGBTQ2+ Youth
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School Staff.
This workshop will discuss some of the healthcare issues facing LGBTQ2+ youth in Alberta, including specific barriers to healthcare faced by transgender youth.

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth has a Bachelors degree in Biology, Masters degree in Public Health, and once won fifth place in a pie eating contest. Stephanie's academic, volunteer, and advocacy work focus on the health and health equity of the LGBTQ2+ community, and she guest lectures at a variety... Read More →
DK

Dr. Katie Doherty

Dr. Katie Doherty is currently in her third year of residency in Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Throughout her training she has developed a special interest in marginalized populations and LGBTQ2+ youth. Prior to studying medicine, Katie completed a BFA in Photography and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 112

11:10am

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of our Ancestors
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: All School Staff
This workshop is designed to be an introduction for teachers to learn about the richness, strength, and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures so Indigenous and non-Indigenous Albertans can build a positive and shared future of understanding.

Speakers
SL

Shannon Loutitt

Shannon Loutitt is a Division 2 teacher on secondment from Fort McMurray Public School District. She grew up in Fort McMurray learning about her Métis heritage and when she was 5 years old she said she wanted to be the first Native lady Prime Minister. Although that might not happen... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 115

11:10am

Introduction to Anti-Oppression
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE Students Grades 10-12, All School Staff.
In this introductory workshop, participants will work collaboratively to understand how to analyze systems of oppression and identify effective leverage points for transforming ourselves and our community.

Speakers
LK

Laura Kruse

Laura Kruse is the Outreach Coordinator for the Alberta Public Interest Research Group. The main focus of her political work is anti-oppression, educational system reform, and issues in labour and migration. She frequently facilitates workshops around the city for student and community... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 106

11:10am

LGBTQ2S+ Activism and Action Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, School Staff Grades 7-12.
Using the gift+ issue = change equation I wil be centering my workshop around the reality that we all have the power to make an impact. As members or allies to a marginalized community, we know that activism is needed and many of us have a desire to make conscious change, in this workshop I will help the youth who wish to make a difference, a true reality.

Speakers
RM

Reagan Morris

I am a 17 year old activist who believes that you may not change the entire world but you are guaranteed to change someone’s world.


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 138

11:10am

Présentation FrancoQueer
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: éleves 7e-12e années, profs et personnels de l'école.
Venez en apprendre davantage sur le sexe, le genre et l'orientation sexuelle dans le cadre d'un atelier amusant et interactif. Nous allons jouer à des jeux, prendre le temps d'apprendre et ouvrir un espace pour parler de toutes ces choses! Notre présentation est ouverte à tous les francophones et Francophile (french immersion) ! Alors s'il vous plaît, n'hésitez de passer faire un tour!

Speakers
FD

FrancoQueers de L'ouest

The FrancoQueer committee is a Queer French resource created by and for francophone youth. With the help of our team we are able to offer educational presentations in schools all over the province. We developed the tools and resources that were missing from our community for far to... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Salle 114

11:10am

Rural GSA Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students k-12, All School & Support Staff
Support and resources to help navigate the unique challenges and opportunities presented while starting a GSA in a small town or rural community.

Speakers
JB

Jay Budd

Hi my name is Jay. I am a genderfluid, pansexual. I joined GSA this year, but I have been part of the LGBT community for 5 years now.
DH

Don Haywood

I am an assisting facilitator with Brandon Rehaume on his presentation. I am a pansexual, married father of two Elementary aged children and became involved with the Wetaskiwin Community GSA last winter. I am now one of the leaders of our GSA and we have recently joined SAGA Edmonton... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 117

11:10am

Spirituality & LGBTQ2S+ Identity
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
RB

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 →
MG

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.
RL

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.
ST

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 →
GV

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
Learning Resource Centre (Library)

11:10am

Two-Spirit: Cultural Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School Staff
In order to understand our current place, we must understand the historic roots from which we come. This workshop will open the minds of attendees to the Two-Spirit identity through the experiences of the presenters. One will share their journey through self-discovery of sexual identity, and the other, their journey towards understanding their gender identity. A Medicine Wheel teaching will take place, in which attendees will apply the knowledge they learn. Edmonton 2 Spirit Society brings this workshop to create awareness of the supports available to Two-Spirit youth, as well as fostering greater understanding of the Two-Spirit identity within the greater LGBTQ2+ community.

Speakers
JC

Jeff Chalifoux

Jeff is a Two-Spirit member of the Métis Nation. He is an executive board member of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, as well as a caring and compassionate social worker and father. Jeff also sits on the Sexual & Gender Diversity Committee with the Alberta College of Social Workers... Read More →
DP

Dorian Potts

Dorian is a member of the Nakota Sioux Nation and a proud Two-Spirit man. He is the current webmaster for the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, in addition to being an active volunteer and digital artist. Through these means, he strives to explore the expression of a Two-Spirit identity... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 103

11:10am

Your Mental Health Matters: Navigating the Healthcare System
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grade 6-12, All School Staff.
Basic knowledge and skills required to identify, understand and cope with common mental health issues that affect queer youth. Learning how to advocate for yourself or others when it comes to health and wellness decisions. Discussion about navigating the healthcare system as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community. Participants will receive a handout listing local and provincial resources and how to access them.


Speakers
BA

B Adair

I’m a gay trans guy born and raised on a farm in East Central Alberta. I was a paramedic for 8 years but I’m now finishing up nursing school. I plan to work with LGBTQ+ folks in an advisory/supportive role. My goal is to make more resources available for queer people in rural... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:10am - 12:20pm
Room 188

12:20pm

Lunch & Resource Fair
The Resource Fair will be located along the halls next to the west Cafeteria door entrance.
An elevator to access the cafeteria is next to the west set of stairs.

Saturday November 17, 2018 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

1:35pm

Creating a Haven: Really Red Deer it isn't that hard
Limited Capacity seats available

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 LGBTQ+ folks that there is more to learn and a heck of a lot more we need to fight for. That some LGBTQ+ 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 LGTBQ+ 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.

Speakers
SV

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 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 102

1:35pm

GSA 101 - How to build a Sustainable Gay - Straight Alliance
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12
In this workshop we'll teach you how to start and grow a GSA, from organizing meetings to putting together a leadership team. We'll also be teaching you how to make sure that your GSA is sustainable in the long run, along with tips on some amazing activities/events that your GSA can hold to increase awareness and attendance.


Speakers
SE

SAGA Edmonton

This workshop is organized by Lauren Ritchie, Dylan Seemann, Dylan Chevalier, and Dara Smith from the Sexual and Gender Acceptance Edmonton Ltd. (SAGA) is an up and coming LGBTQ2S+ organization that is dedicated to holding events around the city for LGBTQ2S+ youth while also supporting... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 105

1:35pm

Health and Healthcare for LGBTQ2+ Youth
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School Staff.
This workshop will discuss some of the healthcare issues facing LGBTQ2+ youth in Alberta, including specific barriers to healthcare faced by transgender youth.

Speakers
SB

Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth has a Bachelors degree in Biology, Masters degree in Public Health, and once won fifth place in a pie eating contest. Stephanie's academic, volunteer, and advocacy work focus on the health and health equity of the LGBTQ2+ community, and she guest lectures at a variety... Read More →
DK

Dr. Katie Doherty

Dr. Katie Doherty is currently in her third year of residency in Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Throughout her training she has developed a special interest in marginalized populations and LGBTQ2+ youth. Prior to studying medicine, Katie completed a BFA in Photography and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 112

1:35pm

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of our Ancestors
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: All School Staff.
This workshop is designed to be an introduction for teachers to learn about the richness, strength, and diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures so Indigenous and non-Indigenous Albertans can build a positive and shared future of understanding.

Speakers
SL

Shannon Loutitt

Shannon Loutitt is a Division 2 teacher on secondment from Fort McMurray Public School District. She grew up in Fort McMurray learning about her Métis heritage and when she was 5 years old she said she wanted to be the first Native lady Prime Minister. Although that might not happen... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 115

1:35pm

Introduction to Anti-Oppression
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE Students Grades 10-12, All School Staff.
In this introductory workshop, participants will work collaboratively to understand how to analyze systems of oppression and identify effective leverage points for transforming ourselves and our community.

Speakers
LK

Laura Kruse

Laura Kruse is the Outreach Coordinator for the Alberta Public Interest Research Group. The main focus of her political work is anti-oppression, educational system reform, and issues in labour and migration. She frequently facilitates workshops around the city for student and community... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 106

1:35pm

LGBTQ2S+ Activism and Action Planning
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, School Staff Grades 7-12.
Using the gift+ issue = change equation I wil be centering my workshop around the reality that we all have the power to make an impact. As members or allies to a marginalized community, we know that activism is needed and many of us have a desire to make conscious change, in this workshop I will help the youth who wish to make a difference, a true reality.

Speakers
RM

Reagan Morris

I am a 17 year old activist who believes that you may not change the entire world but you are guaranteed to change someone’s world.


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 138

1:35pm

Présentation FrancoQueer dans les écoles Catholique
Limited Capacity seats available

Les conseils scolaires francophones représentent à la fois les intérêts des écoles publiques et catholiques. Nos conseils scolaires ne sont pas divisées et nous avons donc eu besoin de bâtir des ponts entre la religion et l’éducation queer. Aux côtés d'un conseiller catholique, les FrancoQueer avons développé une présentation visant à atteindre les écoles catholiques. Cet atelier vise à équiper les enseignants des écoles catholiques pour naviguer dans la religion, le genre et la sexualité.

Speakers
FD

FrancoQueers de L'ouest

The FrancoQueer committee is a Queer French resource created by and for francophone youth. With the help of our team we are able to offer educational presentations in schools all over the province. We developed the tools and resources that were missing from our community for far to... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Salle 114

1:35pm

Rural GSA Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grades k-12, All School & Support Staff.
Support and resources to help navigate the unique challenges and opportunities presented while starting a GSA in a small town or rural community.

Speakers
JB

Jay Budd

Hi my name is Jay. I am a genderfluid, pansexual. I joined GSA this year, but I have been part of the LGBT community for 5 years now.
DH

Don Haywood

I am an assisting facilitator with Brandon Rehaume on his presentation. I am a pansexual, married father of two Elementary aged children and became involved with the Wetaskiwin Community GSA last winter. I am now one of the leaders of our GSA and we have recently joined SAGA Edmonton... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 117

1:35pm

Spirituality & LGBTQ2S+ Identity
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
RB

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 →
MG

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.
RL

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.
ST

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 →
GV

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 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Learning Resource Centre (Library)

1:35pm

Two-Spirit: Cultural Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School Staff.
In order to understand our current place, we must understand the historic roots from which we come. This workshop will open the minds of attendees to the Two-Spirit identity through the experiences of the presenters. One will share their journey through self-discovery of sexual identity, and the other, their journey towards understanding their gender identity. A Medicine Wheel teaching will take place, in which attendees will apply the knowledge they learn. Edmonton 2 Spirit Society brings this workshop to create awareness of the supports available to Two-Spirit youth, as well as fostering greater understanding of the Two-Spirit identity within the greater LGBTQ2+ community.

Speakers
JC

Jeff Chalifoux

Jeff is a Two-Spirit member of the Métis Nation. He is an executive board member of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, as well as a caring and compassionate social worker and father. Jeff also sits on the Sexual & Gender Diversity Committee with the Alberta College of Social Workers... Read More →
DP

Dorian Potts

Dorian is a member of the Nakota Sioux Nation and a proud Two-Spirit man. He is the current webmaster for the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, in addition to being an active volunteer and digital artist. Through these means, he strives to explore the expression of a Two-Spirit identity... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 103

1:35pm

Your Mental Health Matters: Navigating the Healthcare System
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grade 6-12, All School Staff.
Basic knowledge and skills required to identify, understand and cope with common mental health issues that affect queer youth. Learning how to advocate for yourself or others when it comes to health and wellness decisions. Discussion about navigating the healthcare system as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community. Participants will receive a handout listing local and provincial resources and how to access them.


Speakers
BA

B Adair

I’m a gay trans guy born and raised on a farm in East Central Alberta. I was a paramedic for 8 years but I’m now finishing up nursing school. I plan to work with LGBTQ+ folks in an advisory/supportive role. My goal is to make more resources available for queer people in rural... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:35pm - 2:45pm
Room 188

3:00pm

Art for Survival
Limited Capacity filling up

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All School Staff.
Whether it's music, cinema, painting, or poetry, art can be a powerful force when it comes to the survival of traumatized people. Hear how different art forms can be used to make it through the challenges of living as an LGBTQIA2S+ person in today's society.

Speakers
KC

Katie Cutting

Ade and Katie met in the summer of 2017 when they joined forces to produce the film "A Long Road to Peace," a documentary that tells the stories of LGBTQ+ refugees in Canada. They each have long personal histories of using art to heal and help.
AK

Adebayo Katiiti

Ade and Katie met in the summer of 2017 when they joined forces to produce the film "A Long Road to Peace," a documentary that tells the stories of LGBTQ+ refugees in Canada. They each have long personal histories of using art to heal and help.


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 188

3:00pm

Barbells, Binders + Bathrooms: LGBTQ2S+ Fitness Accessibility
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12
Gendered sports teams got you down? Avoiding gym class 'cause there's no change room that first your identity? Not sure if it's a good idea to flex while wearing a binder (it's not, but there are options!)? This workshop addresses those questions, and more! We'll also talk about some tips for getting started if you're new to fitness, some alternatives to movement if you hate fitness altogether, how safely navigate non-queer gym spaces, and what to ask before signing up anywhere for a membership - no cardio required!

Speakers
KF

Kyle Fairall

Kyle Fairall, Founder of QUEERFLEX - Canada’s 1st nonprofit queer-centred gym - is a CanFit-Pro Personal Training Specialist, Kickboxing Instructor, Drag King, Certified Yoga Instructor and Social Worker. As a nonbinary queer femme, they have always been passionate about creating... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 136

3:00pm

Celebrating Queer & Trans Resiliency!
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 9-12.
(Formerly titled "Consent Culture: Let's Build One Together!")
We are going to explore personal and collective queer and trans resiliency while making collages. The activities in this session are ones that students can replicate in their GSA club. At the end of the workshop, the collages created will also be for participants to keep as a reminder for when they’re having a tough time. Work on your own or in a group!

Speakers
ZS

Zak & Steph

Zak (he/him) and Steph (she/her) are both Public Educators at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE). Zak and Steph are a couple of queers who really like talking about consent and imagining a world where everyone's bodies, identities, and experiences are respected. They try... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 104

3:00pm

Creative Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12.
In creative movement, youth are given prompts that reflect a creative concept (feelings, colours, shapes, etc..) and are then encouraged to physically express those concepts however they deem fit. This will be done with different individual and group based prompts, to encourage both self expression and collaborative creativity.

Speakers
KD

Kate Duncan

Kate started her training at Edmonton School of Ballet 14 years ago and is currently a student in ESB’s Teacher Training Program. She has completed a one year Certificate in Pedagogical Studies and Dance Teaching from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School... Read More →
LM

Laurel MacDonald

As a community liaison worker with the altView foundation, I have a passion for creating accessible spaces for all youth to participate in different forms of self expression. For this workshop, I wanted to create an opportunity for youth to express themselves through movement in a... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 156

3:00pm

Décompresser avec les FrancoQueers!
Limited Capacity seats available

Venez passer votre après-midi à vous détendre et à vous décompresser avec les FrancoQueers. Nous organiserons un atelier qui inclura des éléments de méditation, d’art et / ou de musique.

Speakers
FD

FrancoQueers de L'ouest

The FrancoQueer committee is a Queer French resource created by and for francophone youth. With the help of our team we are able to offer educational presentations in schools all over the province. We developed the tools and resources that were missing from our community for far to... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Salle 114

3:00pm

Group Round Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 5-12, All School Staff.
The workshop will begin with brief discussion of about Round Dances and Powwows. After attendees will have the option to participate in a group round and friendship dance. Then Sissy will perform a women's style Powwow dance. A great way to end the day in friendship, spirit, and movement!

Speakers
ST

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 →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Gymnasium

3:00pm

Queer Cultures Around the World
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, All school staff.
A look at examples from around the world of different expressions of queer identity. Unpacking the western view and offering counter examples of queerness being accepted among different cultures. Uses current examples, from ancient cultures and as expressed in world mythology.

Speakers
RB

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 →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 105

3:00pm

Queer Music History (WITH SINGING!)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12
Evan will walk you through some historical figures in queer music history, we'll learn about some queer contemporary musicians, and sing some very gay songs!

Speakers
EW

Evan Westfal

Evan Westfal is an Edmonton based musician and vocal instructor. His music has been described as playful, intellectual, and "hella gay!" He maintains a voice studio at the MacEwan Conservatory of Music, and he runs a k-12 queer education program called Fyrefly in Schools.


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 138

3:00pm

Story Swapping: LGBTQ2+ Youth & Seniors
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: Students Grades 7-12, School Staff Grades 7-12.
Regardless of whether you're 15 or 75, "coming out, being out, and staying out" offers easy and challenging times, why not swap stories and hear from others :)

Speakers
TM

Thaya McKee

I've been an ally and a member of the 'queer' community for decades. I've been successful in family, business, and community affairs. I came out 'easily' in the 1970's in Vancouver (other members of our community have not had such an 'easy' time coming out, being out and staying out... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Learning Resource Centre (Library)

3:00pm

Teacher GSA Meeting - Networking and Resource Sharing
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

AUDIENCE: All school staff interested in a staff GSA.
Come join other teachers and staff for an end of the day networking opportunity where we can share and learn from each other. Come with questions or just to hang out! This session will be guided by the workshop facilitator but will be a causal environment to meet the needs of those who attend. All are welcome!

Speakers
TP

Tiff Pino

Tiff Pino is a teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools and has had the pleasure of working in both junior and senior high throughout her 14 years of service. Tiff has been an advocate and activist for the rights of others since she was very young and within the last five years she... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 112

3:00pm

The Stories We Carry
Limited Capacity seats available

AUDIENCE: All Students, All School Staff
Our stories are sacred and should always be treated as such! People have been sharing stories on this land for thousands and thousands of years. Stories and myths ground us, provide perspective, lessons and hope. Lady comes from a family of storytellers and uses storytelling tools frequently in her poetry. This workshop is a glimpse into Lady Vanessa's storytelling writing process. The workshop will take participants through a brainstorming session, guiding them to think critically and purposefully on how they would like to share their stories. The workshop will also provide writing prompts that encourage participants to share their stories with integrity and healing creative energy.

Speakers
LV

Lady Vanessa

LADY VANESSA CARDONA IS A MESTIZA, COLOMBIAN, FIRST GENERATION IMMIGRANT ARTIST AND COMMUNITY BUILDER. SHE STARTED HER ARTISTIC CAREER IN WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA AND CURRENTLY LIVES IN AMISKWACIWȂSKAHIKAN (EDMONTON), TREATY 6 TERRITORY. LADY  GRADUATED WITH A BFA AND SPECIALIZATION IN... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Room 117