The Dare to Stand Out Alberta Conference will give tools and skills to Edmonton youth on how to stop bullying and discrimination so that they can create a safer, more inclusive community that celebrates diversity. This event is being held at Lawton Junior High (11602 40 ST NW) on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 9am to 3pm.
The keynote speeches will be given to an assembly of 250 youth and are being presented by Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali and the Two Spirit Circle of Edmonton Society, with an opening smudge ceremony that will begin the conference.
The Two Spirit Circle of Edmonton Society (TSCES) is a non-profit organization offering cultural and social services for Two Spirit people, their family members and allies in the community. Their Vision Statement is that Two Spirit peoples are recognized, respected and engaged in an integral manner, within Indigenous communities and society in general. Their Mission is to repatriate and enhance traditional roles and responsibilities as Two Spirit people in Indigenous communities while creating supportive environments within all societies for contemporary Two Spirit peoples.
Ahmed Ali, also known as Knowmadic, is an award winning Somali-Canadian poet who is known to use humor and word play in his poetry to create awareness of social issues that aren’t often given attention. He feels he is continuing the legacy passed on by his ancestors who shared a common interest in spoken word. Ahmed has toured throughout Canada and the United States performing poetry.
Two Spirit Panel by the Two Spirit Circle Society of Edmonton
Being Me… Bully Free (Human Sexuality and Bullying) facilitated by Mickey Wilson on behalf of the Pride Centre of Edmonton
What Happens When You Press Send? (Internet Safety Workshop) facilitated by Katie Kitschke and Amanda Nixon of the SAFFRON Centre Public Education Program.
Dealing with Difference facilitated by Richard Flank of YOUCAN Youth Services.
Boundaries & Self-Acceptance facilitated by Cortney Lohnes from Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society.
Healthy Sexuality by Dr. Brian Parker of Options Sexual Health.
Residential Schools & Stereotypes by Cory Cardinal of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.
Peer2Peer Advocacy by Renee Laporte and Nathan Devlin of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.
How to Start An Anti-Bullying Club by Jeremy Dias of Jer’s Vision.
Exploring and Expressing our Oneness by Maigan van der Giessen of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Girl Power? Macho Man? Are you SERIOUS?? – Deconstructing Gender Discrimination and the Clashing of Cultures by Aliza Dadani
Be a Positive Bystander and Be the Difference by the Red Cross: RespectED Program