Conference Program 2014

SPEAKING OUT: PERFORMING SOLIDARITY

Sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Friday and Saturday, March 21 - 23, 2014
Program and Locations:   
Broadway Theatre
Guest Speaker
: Elvira Kurt
7:30 p.m
Friday, March 21, 2014
Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Commerce 18
Movie: My Prairie Home
7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
University of Saskatchewan Campus
Edwards School of Business (Commerce)
Conference Sessions:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Parking Map for Saturday

St. Andrew’s College Chapel
Worship Gathering:
10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Friday Night

Elvira Kurt

Broadway Theatre
Guest Speaker: Elvira Kurt

7:30 p.m 
Friday, March 21, 2014

Speaking Out: Performing Solidarity!

MC: Jeff Rogstad, Co-Host of the Noon News and CTV Saskatoon's Weatherman

Welcome to Treaty Six Land: Dion L. J. Tootoosis, Aboriginal Languages and Cultural Coordinator, Indian Teacher Education Program, University of Saskatchewan

  • Greetings from U of S: Dave Hannah, Associate V-P Student Affairs
  • Greetings from David Forbes, LGBT advocate and Saskatoon Centre MLA
  • Special mystery greetings from a friend of the conference!
  • Introducing Elvira Kurt:  Marcel Petite, visual artist

Elvira Kurt

  • Thank You:  Rachel Loewen Walker, Avenue Community Centre Executive Director

Saturday, March 22th – 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Commerce 18, U of S Campus

Conference Parking Map

Moderator: Marie Lovrod, Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity/Women and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan 

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. - 9:15 a.m. Introductions and Orientation to the Day

The play Stop Kiss by Diana Son will be performed at The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre from March 27 to April 06 ( www.embracetheatre.ca ).Meet the director Charlie Peters—a Breaking the Silence and an Aden Bowman GSA Alumni—and Chris Donlevy, one of the performers.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Inclusion: Creating Safe, Caring, and Accepting Schools

Where are we now? Where do we need to be? How do we get there?

Panel:

  • The voices of high school students
  • Jennifer Campeau, MLA, Saskatoon Fairview and Legislative Secretary to the Minister of  Education for the Anti-Bullying Initiative (2013)
  • Kyla Christiansen, Comprehensive School Community Health Consultant, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education
  • Pam Goulden-McLeod, Safe and Caring Schools Consultant, Saskatoon Public Schools
  • Chandra McIvor, Youth Development and Education, Avenue Community Centre, Saskatoon
  • Fran Forsberg, a parent

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The Peter Corren Award for Outstanding Achievement—Presentation by Don Cochrane and Kay Williams

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Time to Meet People – Coffee Break courtesy of SIAST Student Services

11:25 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. First Breakout Session

  • Two-spiritness—Students from Sakewew High School GSA, North Battleford Room 116
    The Sakewew Gay-Straight-Alliance is a student-led and organized, non-curricular school group that aims to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for ALL youth and staff regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The presenters will include teacher facilitators from the group, a parent of one of the student members, and three student members. Members will share their reflections and strategies on how the GSA creates a positive school climate for their school and community. There will be time for a Q&A .
    Facilitator: Fran Forsberg
  • Understanding asexuality—Bailey Lindsay, Chance Briere, and Liz Senecal Room 103
    This workshop covers the topic of asexuality by exploring the basic concepts of what asexuality is, how to be an asexual ally, and how to create and maintain respectful relationships.
    Facilitator: Tobi-Dawne Smith
  • Gender and sexual diversity 101—Chandra McIvor Room 112
    Are you new to the world of gender and sexual diversity? Would you like to learn some basics? Join us for the opportunity to expand your understanding of gender, and move from an understanding of gender from a binary to a fluid continuum. From there, you will be encouraged to unlearn our societally-engrained linear assumptions of human identity and undergo a cognitive shift to understanding the separate, distinct components which comprise human complexity. The complex human recognizes gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, romantic/sexual orientation and sexual behaviour to be separate components unto themselves. If time allows, participants will expand their knowledge about the various terminologies associated with the LGBPTTQQAI2 community and how this insight helps us to communicate effectively with youth.
    Facilitator: Margie Corbett
  • Trans issues—Sean Hellquist and Jai Richards Room 12
    We will introduce you to basic terminology and some of the issues trans* people face. The format will be a Q&A type of workshop: if you have questions about trans* people or just want to expand your knowledge, this is a session you won’t want to miss!
    Facilitator: Jennifer Boyle

12:15 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Social Time (Room 16)

Camp fYrefly Reunion (Room 18)

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

  • Breaking the silence within churches—Carla Blakley Room 116 
    By challenging heteronormative privilege within churches, space is opened so all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender diversity, can experience inclusion and acceptance. By "Qu(e)eer(y)ing the Image of God", we can break open the texts, challenge resistance, and move churches to become inclusive, welcoming communities.
    Facilitator: Dave Little
  • A Camp fYrefly retrospective—Andre Grace Room 18
    As we move into Year 6 for Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan, we will look back and look forward in this time together. We will celebrate our accomplishments and think about sustainability to keep the camp strong as we move into the future.
    Facilitator: Fran Forsberg
  • How to become better activists—Nicole White and Amanda Guthrie Room 103
    When the personal is political: Connecting your heart to your community work.  Join Amanda and Nicole for this interactive discussion on activism.  
    Facilitator: Myrna Briggs
  • Greystone Secrets: A queerstorical campus scavenger hunt—Joe Wickenhauser (meet in the lobby)
    Discover the hidden histories of gender andsexual diversity on campus through this choose-your-own-adventure scavenger hunt. With a map in hand and a set of clues, uncover the secret struggles for love and acceptance at the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Trans issues—Sean Hellquist and Jai Richards Room 12
    We will introduce you to basic terminology and some of the issues trans* people face. The format will be a Q&A type of workshop: if you have questions about trans* people or just want to expand your knowledge, this is a session you won’t want to miss!
    Facilitator: Ryan Jimmy

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

  • How to become a strong parent advocate—Fran Forsberg Room 112
    As parents, we advocate for our children every day. If your children express their gender differently from how others expect, you might need a little extra support. We will discuss your worries and concerns.
    Facilitator: Tobi-Dawne Smith
  • A GSA exchange on best practices—Leanne Kadyschuk (Bedford Road), Patti Rowley (Walter Murray), Travis Myrol (Walter Murray), and Vicki Summerfeldt, Evan Hardy Room 18
    These four teacher liaisons will share materials and activities that have worked well in their GSAs as a catalyst for brainstorming ideas with others.
    Facilitator: Chandra McIvor
  • Breaking the silence within churches—Carla Blakley Room 116
    By challenging heteronormative privilege within churches, space is opened so all people,regardless of sexual orientation or gender diversity, can experience inclusion and acceptance. By "Qu(e)eer(y)ing the Image of God", we can break open the texts, challenge resistance, and move churches to become inclusive, welcoming communities.
    Facilitator: Kay Williams
  • How to become better activists—Nicole White and Amanda Guthrie Room 103
    When the personal is political: Connecting your heart to your community work.  Join Amanda and Nicole for this interactive discussion on activism.
    Facilitator: Lisa Jewell

3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Spoken Word Poetry—Introduced by Danielle Altrogge Room 18

  • featuring Meg Land, Caragana Ennis, and Khodi Dill and accompanied by jazz pianist Ray Stephanson 

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Evaluation and Closing

5:00 p.m. Pride Centre Event  

  • High school students invited to the University Pride Centre for pizza

7:00 p.m. Saturday Evening Movie—"My Prairie Home" followed by discussion Room 18
Moderator: Jack Saddleback. Commentators: Todd Morrison and Marcel Petit

  • Award-winning filmmaker Chelsea McMullan takes audiences on a poetic journey through landscapes both real and emotional in My Prairie Home, an intimate portrait of transgender singer Rae Spoon. Neither a concert film nor a conventional biographical doc, this documentary-musical occupies a beautiful space in between. My Prairie Home is as bracingly personal and reflective as the songs of this acclaimed musician, who was born in Alberta and raised in a troubled and deeply religious home.

Room 3 Displays, coffee, and dessert throughout the day!

  • Integrity Saskatoon:  Jim Komar 
  • PFLAG Canada-Saskatoon:  Fran Forsberg and Kay Williams
  • PFLAG Canada-Regina:  Kenneth Bos
  • Saskatchewan NDP Rainbow Pride:  Nicole White
  • Avenue Community Centre:  Liz Senecal
  • Turning the Tide Bookstore:  Peter Garden
  • Saskatoon Public Library:  Barbara Wurzer-Cey and Lise Fortier
  • Camp fYrefly:  Russell Mitchell-Walker
  • Provost Advisory Committee:  Jack Saddleback
  • Saskatoon Affirming Ministries: Marnie Deighton and Fran Forsberg
  • University of Saskatchewan Pride Centre:  Jack Saddleback
  • University of Saskatchewan Library: Special Collections:  Neil Richards 
  • Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport:  Michelle Dezell
  • Transask Support Service
  • Sask Party:  Jennifer Campeau
  • Saskatoon Health Region: Services for LGBT Youth:  Emily Coates 

Sunday, March 23th – 10:30 a.m.

Worship Service, St. Andrew's College Chapel
University of Saskachewan Campus

  • Organized by the young adults of Sanctuary Saskatoon—a Christian-based support group for the GLBTQ community in Saskatoon.

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