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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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BLOCK 3 [clear filter]
Saturday, November 17
 

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 188

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 136

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 104

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 156

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Salle 114

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Gymnasium

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 105

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 138

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Learning Resource Centre (Library)

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 112

3:00pm MST

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 MST
Room 117