Conference Program 2009

Wellcome to the twelfth annual conference


Sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14, 2009

We gratefully acknowledge support from the SIAST Student Affairs, USSU Pride Centre, U of S Department of Women and Gender Studies, PFLAG Canada—Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon, Avenue Community Centre, AIDS Saskatoon, Turning the Tide Bookstore, Saskatchewan New Democrats Rainbow Pride Committee, USSU Women's Centre, USSU Victim Advocate, U of S President's Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and Women's Studies Research Unit

Friday, March 13th - 7:30 - 9:30pm

An Evening with Kate Bornstein

  • A welcome from the University: Dr. Vivian Hajnal, Acting Dean, College of Education
  • Greetings from the Government of Saskatchewan: Dr. Helen Horsman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Introducing Kate Bornstein: Tracy Mitchell, Education Officer, Saskatoon Council for International Co-operation

Saturday, March 14th - 9:00am-4:30pm - Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Commerce 18
Moderator: Kit Loewen, STF

Morning Sessions

9:00-9:30am Andre Grace and Kris Wells (U of A), "Camp fYrefly: Where we've been! Where we're going!"

9:30-10:30am Panel: Made Unwell by Homophobia - Working Towards Wellness

Julie, Nicole, Mike, and Eric
Facilitator: Elizabeth Cooney

10:30-11:00am Coffee Break - Sponsored by the SIAST Student Affairs

11:00-11:30am Hate and Bias Crimes, Constable Hal Lam (Cultural Resource Officer), Saskatoon Police Service. This session will explore how to recognize, deal with, and report hate and bias crimes.

11:30am-12:00pm Good News: Hope We Can Believe In! Facilitator: Elizabeth Cooney

Lunch: 12:00-1:30pm

First Afternoon Session 1:30-2:20pm

(1) International Festival Flicks Film Festival Producer Renée Penney screens three short films profiling the lives and realities of queer youth from different countries.

(2) “Unchaining Sex and Gender, and Providing Awareness on Transgender Issues” presented by “Gender Revolution” from the U of S Pride Centre

(3) Tonya Callaghan, “How Homophobia Hurts: Psychological and Emotional Harm to Non-heterosexual Students and Teachers in Canadian Catholic Schools”

(4) Dr. Alex Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, “Coming In: Aboriginal Two-spirit People”

Second Afternoon Session 2:30-3:20pm

(1) International Festival Flicks Film Festival Producer Renée Penney screens three short films profiling the lives and realities of queer youth from different countries.

(2) Gens Hellquist, Addressing the Health and Wellness of Queer Youth

(3)"Our Place in the Circle” - Dale Ahenakew will introduce Lorne Olson, the film’s producer.. Facilitator: Dr. Raven Sinclair

(4) Gennie Saddler, “The Process of Denial and its Effects on Wellness for Those who Vary in Gender Identity, Physical Sex, and Sexual Orientation”

(5) “For the Love of God: Spiritual Wellness and Pastoral Care” - Presenters: U of S Campus Ministry

Closing: 3:30-4:30pm

Bridge City Chorus

“Lesbians’ Picnic
“Dona Nobis”
“Gender Polka”

5:00pm     USSU Pride Centre Pizza party for high-school and university students

7:00pm     Broadway Theatre

Stubblejumper (2008) directed by David Geiss In the fall of 1975, at the University of Saskatchewan, Doug Wilson placed an ‘ad’ in The Sheaf seeking to start a campus gay group. This seemingly benign action was the catalyst for a dramatic unfolding of events, shaping the future of Wilson's life. This biographical docudrama is a tale of activism, poetry, performance, politics, and love.

Cured (2008) directed by Courtney T. Gillen Gay Away, a new pill to solve all of the world's problems, arrives on the market. One couple feels the pressure to get cured.