Teach history. Make history.
Because without you, there is no history.

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity created the Our History Initiative to spread awareness about Canada’s queer and trans history. Anticipating the launch of Canada’s first 2SLGBTQIA+ museum, scheduled to open in Ottawa in 2021, the Our History Initiative is part of the CCGSD’s mission to curate and share stories from the community and to provide a platform to battle ignorance and intolerance. To learn more about the museum, click here.

We are partnering with schools and organizations across Canada to produce downloadable exhibits that feature Canadian 2SLGBTQIA+ artists and activists, and the matters that affect and inspire the community. These individuals and organizations have played an integral role in paving the road towards a more inclusive and diverse Canada, and their stories must be told for future generations to learn from. To explore, download and share the exhibits, click here. 

Along with the school exhibits, we have also created a study guide that highlights a handful of remarkable stories of queer and trans activism. The study guide will help educators get their students involved in learning more about Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ history. To view and download the study guide, click here. If you’re interested in finding out how much you know about Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ history, we have also created a short test. To take the quiz, click here!

For almost as long as this country has existed, the history of the 2SLGBTQIA+ experience has remained largely untold. With your help, we can share Canada’s queer and trans history and guide future generations into being ambassadors for a better future. With your  donations, we can build a museum to preserve and continue to tell these stories. Without you, this history won’t be taught. Without you, this history remains in the past. Without you, there is no history.

Can you solve our crossword puzzle?

Most Canadians can’t. If you’re up for the challenge, try it below. Print this page to fill out the crossword or click here to download a fillable pdf.

If you gave the crossword a shot – or tried it in the National Post – and are still puzzled, click here to download the answer key.

Our Exhibits