Should they wish to fork out for this, those in and around Saskatoon can attend the 14th annual Breaking the Silence On Issues in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity conference. If you register by March 11, it’s $40 for the whole thing and $50 after that date (there’s a cheap deal for students, retirees and the under-waged). It’s being held at the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business and they did nothing in the way of making their website about this pretty. But no matter.
Marci McDonald will be speaking in ESB’s Room 18 on Friday, March 18th. She wrote The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada and will be talking about where “in Heaven’s Name” Canada’s politics are going. If this is all you want to take in, $10 is all they’ll charge you. I haven’t read her book but it looks pretty interesting.
Other weekend events listed on the program:
A plug for Camp Fyrefly: “Canada’s largest, volunteer-based, summer leadership retreat for sexual minority and gender variant (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning) and allied youth.” — as stated on their site.
Plus workshops —
* Andre Grace: “Helping Sexual Minority and Gender Variant Youth Grow into Resilience”
* Jai Richards, “Giving Voice to the Trans Community: A Saskatchewan Perspective” • Sheelah McLean, “Sexy You!(th): ‘Buying in’ to Raunch Culture”
* Zakaery Gudmundson, OneSong Transgender Support Services, “Human Rights and the Transgender Individual”
* Jen Green, “The Experiences of Lesbian Teachers in Saskatchewan Schools”
* Kit Loewen “Habits of the Heart: Teacher Advocacy for Social Justice”
* Deanne McKenney, “It Does Get Better!”
* Carla Blakley, “Que(e)r(y)ing the Image of God”
* Peggy Schmeiser, “Conversations with Marci McDonald”
It’s really sounding like it’s worth the money. Consider checking it out.