Conference Program 2012

TELLING OUR STORIES – MAKING LIVES BETTER

Sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Friday and Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2012
Program and Locations:   
Broadway Theatre
Guest Speaker
: 7:00 p.m
Friday, March 16, 2012 
On the University of Saskatchewan Campus
Edwards School of Business (Commerce)
Conference Sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012
   
Roxy Theatre
Movie, Tomboy: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Andrew’s College Chapel
Worship Gathering: 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2012 

At The Broadway Theatre:

Ivan Coyote

Moderator: Elizabeth Cooney

  • Greetings from Richard Florizone, Vice-President of Finance and Resources, U of S
  • Greetings from Saskatoon City Councillor, Charlie Clark
  • Introducing Ivan Coyote: Keegan Epp, Pride Centre Co-ordinator, USSU
  • Thank You: Sarah Houghtaling, High School Activist, Swift Current

Book signing to follow at Peter Garden’s bookstore, turning the tide, 511 11th St. E.


Saturday, March 17th – 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Commerce 18

Moderator: Elizabeth Cooney  

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Gathering Time

  • Greet old friends, make new friends, browse through the Display Room #3
  • Coffee, tea, juice and pastries courtesy of SIAST Student Affairs

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. A Two-Spirit Panel with Dr. Alex Wilson and panelists: Ryan Jimmy, Jack Saddleback, and Marjorie Beaucage. The panelists will share their own stories and discuss their ideas for “making it better “such as taking your place, making room for everyone in the Circle, and creating safe places to talk about sexuality.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. We Make Progress

  • The Camp fYrefly Video – Herb McFaull and Tony Bidulka
  • Emily Carr and Shawn Sanford Beck – “One Year Later”
  • The Peter Corren Award for Outstanding Achievement – Presented by Don Cochrane
  • Sarah York and Marie Lovrod – Creating a work based on the Neil Richards collections
  • The Good News Wall – Andre Grace followed by all participants

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. A Time to Meet People – Coffee Break courtesy of SIAST Student Affairs 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 a.m. First Breakout Session

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 a.m. First Breakout Session

  1. Russell Mitchell-Walker – Camp fYrefly: Year Four (Room 18)
    Come and find out about the Camp fYrefly experience. Maybe it’s for you. For past campers, here is an opportunity to see fellow campers again and catch up on each other’s lives.
  2. Tonya Callaghan – “Law and Disorder: Sexual minority rights in Canadian Catholic schools” (Room 12)
    Clashes between Catholic canonical law and Canadian common law regarding sexual minorities continue to be played out in Canadian Catholic schools. Drawing upon my recent five-year study that examines the causes and effects of the long-standing disconnect between Canadian Catholic schools and the Charter, this interactive session will engage participants in activities designed to encourage an appreciation for the particular challenges facing anti-homophobia education in Catholic schools.
    Facilitator: George Georget
  3. Gens Hellquist – “Homophobia Is Killing Us: How our institutions are failing queer people” (Room 112)
    This workshop will look at the range of preventable health issues that are endemic to the queer community. It will examine how homophobia is rife in our education and health care systems resulting in numerous serious health issues. We will look at ways to help bring about changes to those institutions that will allow queer people to live a healthy life.
    Facilitator: Cathy Korte 3
  4. Jim Drake – “Only You Can Tell Your Story" (Room 116)
    “Personal narrative is just that — a story shaped with care and crafting; a story with a beginning, middle and end, and a dramatic arc; a story with something at its heart to hold it all together. Personal narrative is not therapy. It is not a mere recounting of events.” (Quote from Jan Andrews, storyteller, author, and fabulous lunch date.) 50 minute storytelling workshop. Come prepared.
    Facilitator: Kay Williams
  5. Kyle Schwartz – “ Coming Out and Staying Healthy” (Room 24)
    Silence Your Difference: The story of “Alex”, an in-the-closet youth trying to find his place in the world. Alex describes the struggles with bullying, depression, perfectionism, stigmatization, and his desperate fear of having to give up the fight to be anybody but himself. Writing this secret paper aided Alex (Kyle Schwartz) to celebrate his sexual orientation and come out.
    Facilitator: Fran Forsberg

12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Social Time (Room 16)

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Second Breakout Session

  1. Tonya Callaghan – “Law and Disorder: Sexual minority rights in Canadian Catholic schools” (Room 12)
    Clashes between Catholic canonical law and Canadian common law regarding sexual minorities continue to be played out in Canadian Catholic schools. Drawing upon my recent five-year study that examines the causes and effects of the long-standing disconnect between Canadian Catholic schools and the Charter, this interactive session will engage participants in activities designed to encourage an appreciation for the particular challenges facing anti-homophobia education in Catholic schools.
    Facilitator: Ryan Dingwall
  2. Jai Richards and Sean Hellquist – “Trans101 – An Introduction and Conversation” (Room 112)
    Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Variant, Genderqueer, MTF/FTM. Ever wonder what all those words mean? This is an introduction to all things transgender. Meet a panel of trans people willing to talk about their experiences and share their stories.
    Facilitator: Dave Little
  3. Moderator: Lynn Caldwell with Panelists: Nicole White, Gens Hellquist and Paul McDermid – “It's In You to Give?” (Room 116)
    This panel discussion explores the ramifications and effects of the Canadian Blood Services Blood Ban.
    Facilitator: Keegan Epp
  4. Moderator: Margi Corbett “Fallout and the Follow-up of Sexual Diversity” (Room 16)
    Three personal stories: A queer youth, Sara; a parent of queer youth, Fran; and a queer parent, Valerie.
    Facilitator: Peggy Schmeiser
  5. Moderators: Jenna Blahay and Kyle Schwartz – “ A Roundtable Discussion on Starting and Sustaining a Vital and Exciting GSA” (Room 24)
    Building a GSA can be challenging, but there is the potential to break oppression, create a voice, and help individuals to find and express their identity. Those who have been involved with GSAs will bring to light their perspectives on the dynamic nature of starting and maintaining a GSA in the past and today.
    Facilitator: Jenna Blahay

2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Third Breakout Session

  1. Kyle Schwartz – “Coming Out and Staying Healthy” (Room 12)
    Silence Your Difference: The story of “Alex”: an in-the- closet youth trying to find his place in the world. Alex describes the struggles with bullying, depression, perfectionism, stigmatization, and his desperate fear of having to give up the fight to be anybody but himself. Writing this secret paper aided Alex (Kyle Schwartz) to celebrate his sexual orientation and come out.
    Facilitator: Jennifer Boyle
  2. Rebekah Bennetch – “Out(side) Spirituality for Secular Humanists” (Room 112)
    In our lives there are many milestones that call for ceremonies – birth, marriage, divorce, and death – and recognition of these is a time for families and communities to come together. For many in the LGBT community, rejection has turned them away from church and faith practices. If you're not a member of a congregation, to whom can you turn to help you celebrate life’s joys and mourn life’s sorrows? Join this breakout session, learn about options and brainstorm new possibilities for the nonreligious.
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Cooney
  3. Tobi-Dawne Smith – “Sex, Gender, and How the Heck Do I Fit Into It All?” (Room 24)
    Not sure on the differences between sex, gender, orientation, and expression? Know some of them, but not sure how it all translates to finding where you fit? Get together for some discussion on how it all works, and how you can find your place within it all. Learn why labels can be both a help and a hindrance in discovering yourself.
    Facilitator: George Georget
  4. Moderator: Margi Corbett – “Fallout and the Follow-up of Sexual Diversity” (Room 16)
    Three personal stories: A queer youth, Sara; a parent of queer youth, Fran; and a queer parent, Valerie.
    Facilitator: Jane Wollenberg
  5. Shawn Sanford Beck and Emily Carr – “Spirituality Sharing Circle ” (Room 116)
    Christianity is a powerful social force which has been toxic for many in the LGBTT community. For others though, it has been a source of hope and strength in the process of coming out and staying true. Facilitated by two ministers in the Christian tradition, this sharing circle will be a space to reflect on and explore one's own experience of spirituality,inside and/or outside the walls of the church.
    Facilitator: Dave Little

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing (Room 18)

  1. Evaluating Together – Planning for 2013
  2. A Rant!
  3. Bridge City Chorus
  • Hard Times Come Again No More (Traditional) Participants, please join in on the chorus
    • Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
      Hardtimes, hardtimes come again no more
      Many days you have lingered
      Outside my cabin door
      Oh hardtimes come again no more
  • Gay vs. Straight Composers (Eric Lane Barnes)
  • Halleluia (Leonard Cohen) Participants, please join in on the final chorus of Halleluia

5:00 p.m. Pride Centre Event

High school students are invited to the University Pride Centre for pizza!

7:00 p.m. Saturday Evening Movie : Tomboy at the Roxy

Sunday Morning: Christian Worship Service - 10:30 a.m.

Come Celebrate who you are at a casual worship service being held for the Breaking the Silence conference. Join with Shawn Sandford Beck and Emily Carr. The service will take place at St. Andrew's College chapel (across from Royal University Hospital) on Sunday March 18 at 10:30 am. Come as you are.

Throughout the day in Room 3, visit the wonderful displays from the following exhibitors:

  • Integrity Saskatoon
  • PFLAG Canada - Saskatoon
  • Avenue Community Centre
  • Turning the Tide Bookstore
  • Saskatoon Public Library
  • Camp fYrefly
  • NDP Rainbow Pride
  • International Day Against Homophobia – May 17
  • Grosvenor United – An Affirming Church
  • U of S Pride Centre
  • Neil Richards’ Collection of Sexual Diversity and Gender Diversity