Conference Program 2017

The 20th Annual Breaking the Silence Conference

University of Saskatchewan College of Education
Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Our Theme: Looking back, moving forward.

Goodspeed Lecture Theatre, Edwards School of Business (Commerce) 18
University of Saskatchewan Campus

FRIDAY NIGHT—7:30-10:00 p.m.

Our moderator: Ben Abelseth

Greetings:  President Peter Stoicheff, University of Saskatchewan
                   Mr. Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon
                   and Our Mystery Guest!

The Pink Unicorn

By Elise Forier Edie
Cast: Kristi Friday as Trisha Lee
Director/Designer – Aaron Hursh
Stage Manager – Emma Thorpe

After the play, please join us for a discussion with Kristi and Aaron.

SATURDAY MORNING—9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

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

Our moderator: Margi Corbett

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Introductions and orientation to the day

“Love has no labels”—A video

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Special greetings from Svend Robinson, Mark Tewksbury, Jon Cornish, and Rick Mercer

Don Cochrane, “Celebrating Activists Murray and Peter Corren"

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Presentation of the 2017 Peter Corren Award

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee, meeting time, check out the displays

11:00 – 12:00 a.m. Looking back, moving forward—Be prepared to share!

Sheri Benson, MP for Saskatoon West, Larry Kowalchuk, human rights lawyer, and followed by open mic

Share your good news on Twitter @B_the_S #BTS2017

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch


Moderator: Elly-Jean Nielsen

Two sessions: 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Choose from among theses workshops:

Lindsay Herriot, “Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Gay-Straight Alliances”
Emily Coates, “Working with transgender children and youth and mental health”
Jessica McCutcheon with Melanie Morrison, “Has prejudice against LGBT persons declined?”
Mark Perry and Sarah Gerrard, “Starting a GSA in a rural school division”
Jim Komar, “Breaking the silence on LGBT issues in prisons” (Helen Smith-McIntyre and David Feick of the Micah Mission) 
A Drag Session!

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Our Spoken Word Poets are back plus, special guest Larry Kowalchuk!

Closing - Join Karen Drucker in singing “Who cares who you love?”

5:00 p.m. High-school students are invited to the campus Pride Centre for pizza!