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.


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 Alberta. Having grown up in a very conservative, religious and traditional farming community, I have personally experienced the challenges of navigating the healthcare system, finding appropriate mental health care resources and support. I am one of 5 ‘Faces of Mental Illness’ with the national campaign with the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and Bell Lets Talk. I’m also a member of the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) Patient and Family Advisory Committee- where I advocate for rural Albertans in terms of improving our current healthcare system. I have a Facebook group called Queerios Health and Wellness - a safe space for people of all ages to access information, ask questions and find support.