Workshops

Customized, youth-led, and intersectional, our workshops engage youth in a dialogue about diversity and understanding the impact of discrimination, bullying, and hate.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity offers a variety of workshops and is constantly creating new ones. Want us to write one for you? Would you like more information or desire to book a workshop? Contact Eliot at education@ccgsd-ccdgs.org. At the moment, Team Education is available to do workshops throughout Ontario and we are flexible with dates.

 

The Jer’s Vision Motivational Address

The Motivational Address is an assembly-style presentation that educates students about the effects of bullying through a presentation by Jeremy Dias, (City of Ottawa Citizen of the Year; Ontario Youth Medal winner ; and Teen Choice Award nominee). Jeremy talks about his experiences facing racism and homophobia in a rural Ontario school, and how he overcame discrimination by setting legal case precedents, eventually starting a not-for-profit organization. This award-winning presentation is a great way to begin the dialogue about diversity in your school and community, and to promote respect, stop bullying, and create positive community culture.
Curriculum pieces: Character Education; Safe Schools; Healthy Relationships; Anti-Bullying
For grades 5-12; Length 45 minutes; Best delivered with 50-500 persons
Languages offered: English
Please discuss with Team Education if your request differs in  age range, length, or number of students

 

The Senior GRIS Presentation: Demystifying and humanizing sexual diversity

This award-winning presentation explores LGBTQ issues and is led by trained facilitators who share their personal experiences. The program seeks to break down stereotypes and myths surrounding the queer community. The presentation lasts one period, and engages participants in understanding the consequences of their actions and how to stop bullying. The grade 10 Phys Ed. workshop specifically highlights sexuality, the construction of gender and media stereotypes.
Curriculum pieces: Character Education; Safe Schools; Healthy Relationships; Anti-Bullying; grade 7 curriculum; grade 8 curriculum; grade 9 Phys. Ed; grade 10 Phys. Ed; grade 10 Civics
For grades 5-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-60 persons
Languages offered: French and English
Please discuss with Team Education if your request differs in  age range, length, or number of students

 

Junior GRIS

This anti-bullying workshop is geared towards elementary school students. The workshop explores and defines: diverse families, discrimination, sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia in an age appropriate and interactive manner. Each workshop is tailored to fit the needs of the students and is led by trained facilitators.
Curriculum pieces: Character Education; Safe Schools; Healthy Relationships; Anti-Bullying;
For grades 1-8; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English
Please discuss with Team Education if your request differs in  age range, length, or number of students

 

Trans 101

A look at the history of trans identity, and gender non-conforming people. We’ll discuss what transgender means, and what life is like when one doesn’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, whether that means living inside or outside of male and female binary. Participants will come away with real action steps on how to improve the lives of their trans peers, how to speak about trans people respectively inside and outside of school, and how they can pursue more information, and conduct individual research on the topic.
Curriculum pieces: history classes, social science classes
For grades 7-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English

 

Queer History

Our Educational Coordinators give a fascinating and interactive presentation on queer history throughout the 20th century. The presentation explore queer people through history, the history behind the stigmatization of same sex relationships, queer people during World War 2, the Aids Epidemic of the 1980’s and the fight for equality in Canada.
Curriculum pieces: Senior history classes, civics and careers , Social Science classes
For grades 9-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English

 

Decolonizing Gender and Two Spirit Identities

This workshop gives a brief history of settler colonialism on Turtle Island, or what we know as North America. In the process of decolonizing and reclaiming our identities as autonomous peoples, we have reclaimed all traditional genders outside the Western gender binary and termed them Two-Spirit. This workshop will explain what this term means and what it was born from.
Curriculum pieces: senior history classes, social science classes
For grades 9-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons.
Languages offered: English

 

Feminism is for Everyone!

This workshop outlines the basics of feminist theory and de-bunks myths perpetrated by modern-day MRA activists and concludes with practices of self-empowerment. This workshop encourages reflection and discussion on topics such as gender stereotypes and social inequalities.
Curriculum pieces:  social science classes
For grades 9-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 10-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English

 

More Me

Even in our LGBTQ+ communities, where celebrating our differences and feeling free to be ourselves should be a defining part of our lives, many of us still feel the pressure to conform to traditional beauty standards that are narrowly defined by particular notions of masculinity and femininity. The over representation and ongoing privileging of young, thin, able bodied, white, hyper-masculine, and cisgender people throughout our society informs how individuals throughout the LGBTQ+ community perceive ourselves. Consequently, these norms are deeply internalized and have a negative impact on self-worth and esteem on LGBTQ+ people. Many of us feel like we are not desirable, lovable and/or valuable unless we adhere to these unrealistic social standards of beauty. But we know members of our community are much more diverse than what is prescribed by these social beauty norms. We not only deserve to be validated for our differences that do not (and will not) fit the mold, but also, to have our differences represented and respected. We want more femmes, more people of colour, more women, more disabled folks, and more older people–we demand more of us!! The More Me workshop celebrates our diversity and pride in ourselves and our bodies. It seeks to address the underlying problems of racism, fatphobia, agism, ableism, and femmephobia that produce these standards of beauty and desirability.
Curriculum pieces: social science classes
For grades 9-12; Lenght 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 15-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English

 

Healthy Relationships and Sexual Consent

The CCGSD understands the importance of healthy sexuality and healthy relationships. Our Healthy Relationships and Sexual Consent workshop focuses on how to avoid sexual assault situations through discussing physical and emotional boundaries, verbal consent, and legality of sexual consent. Through discussing the dynamics and the ingredients of healthy relationships and consent, we hope to encourage all relationships to become healthy and consensual.
The workshop can be geared towards different groups of youth and presentations to younger groups focus on dynamics of consent within no-sexual relationships.
Curriculum pieces: Character Education; Healthy Relationships; Grade 6-12 Phys. ed and Healthy Relationships
For grades 6-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons
Languages offered: French and English

 

Exploring Our Identities

Armed with a comprehensive, and ever-growing list of gender and sexual identities, the participants will be invited to engage in a discussion about: sexual, romantic, and platonic attractions; gender, sex, and the gender binary; the fluidity of identities, and how all identities are valid. The group will discuss how we each hold a multitude of identities, and what it looks like when those intersect. Participants will be encouraged to abandon assumptions about gender and sexuality, and to learn to embrace their own, regardless of what that may be.
Curriculum pieces: social science classes
For grades 7-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 15-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English

 

Globally Queer

This presentation explores the civil rights, or lack thereof, of queer citizens throughout the globe. The workshop covers things like legality of same sex relations, discrimination protection, adoption rights and free press on queer issues.
Curriculum pieces: world issues class, law
For grades 9-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 20-30 persons.
Languages offered: English

 

Beyond voting: The importance (and ways to) engage with politics everyday

This presentation shares with students the role of activism in their daily lives. Jeremy Dias, content editor of Taking it to the Hill: A guide to parliamentary and senate standing committee share how everyday our actions engage with politics, and the importance of our influence in developing policy. Jeremy shares an insider view to how things get done in our political system, looking at the role of protesting, lobbying, and direct action. He will also talk about the systems in place to engage the public, like petitions, organizations, and committees. Through personal anecdotes, participants will learn their role in a the system and how they can make a difference with simple actions.
Curriculum pieces: grade 10 civics & careers
For grades 9-12; Length 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 15-35 persons
Languages offered: French and English

 

Parent Council Training Description

CCGSD is pleased to offer workshops and resources to parents wanting to raise their kids in a queer-inclusive environment. We are hoping to enlighten parents and answer the questions they have about gender and sexuality in a safe and comfortable environment. These workshops are perfect for parent councils or groups of interested parents, and will offer practical ideas and resources.

We are hoping these parent workshops will be taught side by side with our flagship GRIS workshops for students and teacher
training workshops so that all interested parties will be able to learn about LGBTQ people.
Teacher Training Workshop Description

The Centre understand that it is not just students who can benefit from workshops and presentations on diversity, but teachers as well. We often notice that teachers are just as enthusiastic and excitable about learning as the students. They ask us some of the most interesting and curious questions and are always grateful to have The Centre come into their classroom.

We now have a separate workshop designed just for teachers and faculty where we cover the diversity of gender and sexuality and how to make schools more inclusive and safe for LGBTQ students and staff.  The workshop is designed to be quick and informative , running for about 30 minutes in order to suit teachers’ busy schedules.
We are hoping these parent workshops will be taught side by side with our flagship GRIS workshops for students and parent workshops so that all interested parties will be able to learn about LGBTQ people.

Other workshops we have delivered:

  • Ally Training
  • Conference follow up
  • Constitution and diversity
  • Diversity Training for Teachers & Administrators
  • GSA/Diversity Club 101
  • How to create a welcoming environment
  • Intersectionality: how we are all diverse
  • Law and LGBTQ 101
  • Leadership Skills
  • LGBTQ Families
  • Trans/Gender Identities
  • Two-Spirit Communities