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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 throughout February and March 2021.

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2021 Conferences

12 February 2021, Saint John, NB – 3:00-4:30 AST – Meredith J. Batt

15 February 2021, Edmonton, AB – 3:00-4:30 MST – Evan Westfal and Alexandra Marshall

18 February 2021 Calgary, AB – 3:00-4:30 MST – Kevin Allen

26 February 2021, Marimichi, NB – 3:00-4:30 AST – Casey Burkholder

9 March 2021, Red Deer, AB – 3:00-4:30 MST – Gabriel Castilloux Calderon

11 March 2021, Truro, NS – 3:00-4:30 AST – Daniel MacKay

16 March 2021, Amherst, NS – 3:00-4:30 ADT – Rebecca Rose

22 March 2021, Prince Edward Island – 3:00-4:30 ADT – John R. Sylliboy

30 March 2021, Halifax, NS – 3:00-4:30 ADT – Dr. Lisa Robertson

TBD March 2021, Saskatoon, SK – 3:00-4:30 CST – In partnership with the Saksatoon YMCA






2019-2020 Conferences

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

Conference Slides

Youth Take Charge: Queer History

Take part in CCGSD’s newest queer history program! Learn about the history of community engagement, legal changes, and civic action in Canada relating to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This program offers a collection of free digital resources for educators of youth ages 14-29. The digital resources offer flexibility in terms of when and how you use them. 




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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