Ontario Centre (Kingston) Mar 2016

Location: TBD

Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) and the Limestone District School Board, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, is organizing a conference for high school youth and educators surrounding the issues of homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, intersectional violence, and discrimination in schools.

Schedule here:

  • 8:00 – 9 :00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15: Welcome (ISKA youth)
  • 9:15 – 9:25: Indigenous blessing for the day- Paul Carl – Aboriginal Teacher Ed Program (Fac. of Ed)
  • 9:25 – 10:25: Keynote  Panel led by Jeremy Dias (Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity) – with Mina Lawrence (Student Activist) – Budyanee (new to Canada – student perspectives from Sri Lanka) – possibly also with Max Beckett co-chair Gender & Sexual Diversity Assocation – LCVI
  • 10:25 – 10:35: Q&A
  • 10:40 – 11:15: Entertainment: Slam Poetry/Spoken Word –  Britta Badour – well known spoken word artist; former LDSB student trustee; LCVI grad; works with youth in Regent Park area of Toronto (see https://missbrittab.wordpress.com)
  • 11:15 – 12:00: Lunch (plus entertainment: Latin music)
  • 12:00 – 2:00: Workshops:  20 max. per workshop
    • LGBTQQ2S: Homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism: Stereotypes, misinformation; terminology; being an ally. Facilitators – Jeremy Dias and Mina Lawrence.
    • Blanket Exercise – Interactive Simulation Exercise  re Aboriginal land loss through colonialism & neocolonialism & its impact on Indigenous Peoples & the rest of Canada (sort of the sins of the colonial ‘fathers’  have yet to be purged)
    • ISKA Youth – cross-cultural simulation game
    • Stop the Stigma – Mental Health stereotypes, misinformation – New Mentality Group (youth with mental health challenges)
    • Poverty & Socio-economic diversity – Judi Wyatt… Social Justice activist; founder of Peace Quest Kingston
    • Protest Art – a hands-on workshop with Barb Danielewski – issue-based arts educator who explores social justice issues through screen printing.
  • 2:00-2:30: Wrap-up