Conference Program 2015

The 18th Annual Breaking the Silence Conference
University of Saskatchewan College of Education
Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Vision without action is just a dream!”

                                                 Li Yinhe

Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Edwards School of Business (Commerce) 18,
University of Saskatchewan Campus
Moderator: Patti Rowley, Teacher and GSA liaison, Walter Murray Collegiate

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  Gathering Time
  • Greet old friends, make new friends, browse through the Display Room (#3)
  • Coffee, tea, juice, and pastries
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
  Introductions and orientation to the day
“Love has no labels” - A video
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
  Presentation by seven Vancouver high-school activists:
  • "Updating LGBTQ School Policies: Lessons from Vancouver"
  • Kate Fry, Roisin O'Dwyer, Violet Read, Cory Oskam,
    Meghan French-Smith, Andy Legge, and Jacky Jiang
  • Introduced by Lindsay Herriot and Mimi Mahovlich
  • We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Corren Foundation
    for making the presentation possible.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  The Peter Corren Award for Outstanding Achievement
Presentation by Don Cochrane and Dave Little
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  Time to meet people – Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  The persecution of LGBT people around the world
Helen Smith-McIntyre and Bill Rafoss, Amnesty International
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
  Lunch and social time
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. - First Breakout Session


Lower Level

Room 12  - Trans families and their challenges, Fran Forsberg
Navigating the obstacles: When do we go over, through, or around the mountains of the medical, educational, and social systems? Chair: Joe Wickenhauser

Room 16 - avender pilgrims: Turning the tide in churches, Jim Komar, Marc Trottier, and Barb Clay.  
Three Christians, lesbian and gay, find faith and live the Gospel in their churches. Faith without love and justice is lip-service. Chair: Marnie Deighton

Room 18 (Goodspeed) Meet some of our Vancouver high school activists
  Upper Level

Room 112 - Thinking beyond LGB: Understanding asexuality, Maaya Kuri Hitomi
We all know about sexual orientation, but what happens when it orients away from sex? What does that mean for romantic relationships? And how does sexual behaviour factor in? In learning about asexuality, you will learn about all of these concepts and the complications around them. Chair: Craig Friesen

Room 116  - A Queer 101 and a discussion on the need for gender inclusive washrooms, Amanda Guthrie
This session will include an introduction to the many terms and identities that make up the queer community. We will also have a discussion on why gender inclusive washrooms are a necessary step towards building safe and inclusive environments! Chair: Elly-Jean Nielsen
2:30 – 3:20 p.m. - Second Breakout Session
  Lower Level

Room 12 - Picture books: Our community, our children—A guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers, Tobi-Dawne Smith
Learn how to talk about important gender and sexual identity issues with children, and celebrate our differences using some amazing picture books as references.  Then hear about how you can get involved in a revolutionary book project that reflects our LOCAL queer community. Chair: Brenda Kelly

Room 16  - Intersex identities, Leo Keiser Chair: Laura Negraeff
Upper Level

Room 103 - How to be an activist, Nicole White and Amanda Guthrie
When the personal is political: connecting your heart to your community work. Join Amanda and Nicole for this interactive discussion on activism. Chair: Elly-Jean Nielsen

Room 112 - Hidden histories: Gender & sexual diversity in Saskatchewan, Joe Wickenhauser
You’ve never seen this history in a high-school textbook! Saskatoon has long been one of Canada’s leading centres for activism around gender and sexual diversity. Hear these public and personal stories come to life in this engaging presentation. Ask your questions, share your experiences, and open your eyes to the rich history of diversity, right here in Saskatoon! Chair: Fran Forsberg

Room 116 - How to start a GSA, Leanne Kadyschuk
Goodspeed Lecture Theatre (Room 18)
3:30 – 4:10 p.m.
  Spoken word poetry—Introduced by Elly-Jean Nielsen and Amanda Guthrie and featuring Ryan Bradshaw, Meg Land, and Chance Briere
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
  “Because it wouldn't have been the same"—We’ll be visited by four mystery guests! No hints!
4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Evaluation and closing, Kay Williams

Join Karen Drucker in singing “Who cares who you love?”
5:00 p.m.

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

7:30 p.m.

Saturday Evening – Informal Social at the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Room 201–320 21st Street West, Saskatoon

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

  • Integrity Saskatoon: Jim Komar 
  • Reconciling in Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Jim Komar
  • PFLAG Canada-Saskatoon:  Tobi-Dawne Smith   
  • Saskatchewan NDP Rainbow Pride: Nicole White
  • Avenue Community Centre: Liz Senecal
  • Saskatoon Public Library:  Barbara Wurzer-Cey, Lise Fortier & Deirdre O'Reilly          
  • Camp fYrefly: David Culleton
  • Saskatoon Affirming Ministries: Marnie Deighton & Fran Forsberg
  • University of Saskatchewan Pride Centre: Craig Friesen
  • University of Saskatchewan Library: Special Collections: Neil Richards
  • Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport: Michelle Dezell
  • Saskatoon Health Region: Services for LGBT Youth: Emily Coates 
  • TransSask Support Services: Mikayla Schultz
  • Camp Caterpillar: Fran Forsberg
  We are very grateful for the technical support provided by Noah Kelleher.

Upcoming event of interest:
A showing of "Two 4 One" (a transgender romantic comedy) at The Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon on Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm. Voted the Best Canadian Film at the Victoria Film Festival. Rated: 14A. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for students.
View a delightful trailer.