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Commemorate Canada: Sharing the history and voices of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians

Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Commemorate Canada Program was developed to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. This program is geared toward commemorating and sharing the history of the 2SLGBTQ+ community by focusing on key events that have significantly shaped the landscape we exist in today. By sharing the history of discrimination, activism, and the fight for human rights for 2SLGBTQ+ and QTBIPOC people, we build empathy for the struggles the queer and trans community have overcome and we gain an understanding of the legacy that 2SLGBTQ+ youth are a part of. The program aims to promote intergenerational connection as local activists, academics, artists and educators meet with students to share their stories and inspire a critical reflection of the past. 

Between May 2019 and March 2020 the CCGSD delivered over 30 conferences to middle school and high school youth across the country, engaging over 6,000 people at over 30 schools.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was postponed and the CCGSD was unable to complete the scheduled conferences in Saskatchewan, PEI and Nova Scotia. Thanks to a generous extension of the program by our funding partner, the CCGSD looks forward to completing these conferences virtually in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.


17 April 2019, Kingston, ON – Bayride Secondary School

21 May 2019, Russell, ON – Russell High School

29 May 2019, Grand Falls/Windsor, ON – Exploits Valley Intermediate

16 October 2019, Whitehorse, YT –  Porter Creek Secondary

18 October 2019, Surrey, BC –  Guildford Park Secondary School

22 October 2019, Fernie, BC – Fernie Secondary School

25 October 2019, Fort McMurray, AB –  Holy Trinity High School

28 October 2019, Prince George, BC – College Heights High School

13 Nov 2019, Bay Roberts, N.L. – Amalgamated Academy

14 Nov 2019, Torbay, N.L. – Holy Trinity Regional High School

18 Nov 2019, Corner Brook, N.L. – Corner Brook Intermediate

21,22 Nov 2019, Iqaluit,  NT – Inuksuk High School

5 Dec 2019, Inuvik, NT – East Three Secondary School

10 Dec 2019, Ottawa, ON – Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School

12 Dec 2019, Sarnia, ON – Northern High School

13 Dec 2019, Chatham, ON – John McGregor Secondary School

18 Dec 2019, Gatineau, QC – Symmes – D’Arcy McGee Middle School

4 Feb 2020, Montreal, QC – James Lyng High School

12 Feb 2020, Victoria, BC – Victoria High School

12 Feb 2020, Winnipeg, MB – Argyle Alternative

13 Feb 2020, Winnipeg, MB – Churchill Collegiate

18 Feb 2020, Portage la Prairie, MB – Portage Collegiate Institute

18 Feb 2020, Vancouver, BC – Windermere Secondary School

20 Feb 2020, Erickson, MB – Erickson Collegiate Institute

25 Feb 2020, Fredericton, NB – École Sainte-Anne

3 March, 2020, Thunder Bay, ON – St. Ignatius High School

4 March 2020, Lethbridge, AB – TBD

10 March 2020, Peterborough, ON – Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School

Canadian 2slgbtq+ trailblazers

We at the CCGSD have chosen these 12 remarkable individuals from the hundreds of Canadians that have acted as a voice for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and advocated for equal rights and freedoms. Although known acts of injustice experienced by Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ people go as far as the 1600s, there is much to be unearthed and shared. Our goal is to showcase these struggles, protests and injustice that have happened within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Canada and add these missing chapters into our history. We want to celebrate the lives and work of these individuals through our exhibition and continue to collaborate with the community in highlighting many others for years to come.

Download the full PDF (EN)

Source: Miss Asia in progress. Photo by Ryan Van Der Hout. 2015.
Image courtesy of Kent Monkman

Queer History Street Pop-Up

This project is funded by Celebrate Canada and will focus on addressing the demand for more inclusive education as well as the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During the event, the participants will have a chance to become a part of a vibrant community and join an artist in creating a mural, play queer history cards and trivia for prizes, have a peek into our resources at the kiosk while also being invited to our evening documentary and short film screening on important moments and heroes from the 2SLGBTQ+ history with a moderated discussion. Even the youngest ones can be part of this event and have fun without Queer colouring book while adults keep busy with other learning activities.

Date and venues are TBD as there is still a considerable amount of public locations that are not yet open for vendors and new regulations for public health in the capital region. Please follow us on social media and check this page for updates regarding events. If you have any questions or would like to help us with this amazing project please contact:




This year, the Centre is looking for remote volunteers to help with outreach and promotion of our online programming.  If you are interested in volunteering, gaining valuable and marketable skills in such areas as event coordination, fundraising, public speaking, database management, networking, and social media.

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