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The CCGSD is committed to building a world without discrimination, built on three pillars: education, research, and advocacy. We know that education has many benefits to the people who access it: education has been shown to reduce child mortality and increase civic engagement. Crucially, education helps develop individual resiliency as well as social cohesion. It reduces poverty and its effects can be tracked over generations.[1] In short: we believe that education is tied to liberation, and we are committed to playing our part in the movement for a better world. 

Below, you will find the CCGSD’s educational workshops divided according to the program. Don’t see what you’re looking for? E-mail our Program Manager–we may be able to build something just for you!

To learn more about the principles used in the development of our educational catalogue, view our Mission, Vision, and Values statement.

 [1] United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The Investment Case for Education and Equity. January 2015.

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Popular Workshops

These are our most popular workshops that team education wanted to highlight. For further inquiries please contact eliot@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

professional Development

  • Adults
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English (Currently being translated)

Want to make your workplace a more welcoming and affirming space to 2SLGBTQ+ folks? Start here. This interactive and accessible workshop will introduce you and your team to key concepts like gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. We will discuss colonialism and its impacts on Canadian society. Together, we’ll review the workplace realities of being a 2SLGBTQ+ person, and work with your manager to develop scenarios specific to your team’s context. We’ll finish off with specific, practical allyship advice and provide resources for further learning.

This module can be tweaked on request to include specific topics of interest to your team (ex. STEM lens, international context, etc.)

 

  • Adults
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English and French (depending on area of expertise)

Our Program Coordinators are available as subject matter experts for both one-time and ongoing consultation. Should you need an expert or connection to a community member for a panel, we’re here to help. If you are looking to seriously commit to the work of changing your internal systems to be more inclusive, we can provide content review of your websites, HR forms, or programming. Please contact us for further details and pricing.

  • Adults
  • 60-120 minutes
  • English and French

Curated specially for the Government of Canada clients, this presentation was built in partnership with Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada to match the training content of the government’s Positive Space Ambassador program. Suitable for a half-day session, this training addresses key terms, historical context, and reviews statistics of 2SLGBTQ+ experiences in the work setting. The training then addresses misconceptions about 2SLGBTQ+ people, microaggressions, and how to be an ally, complete with newly developed workplace scenarios. .

We are pleased to deliver workshops and training to organizations, companies and service providers nation-wide. With a commitment to creating safer spaces, these workshops commonly touch on gender and sexual diversity, its historical relevance, but also the principles of allyship, and steps workplace staff or community members and leaders

Education

  • Grades 6-9, 10-12
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English and French

Our flagship workshop! An introduction to the principles of gender diversity and diverse attraction. This workshop will encourage students to reflect on their own experience and identity as well as promote respect for others’ identities. (For intermediate and secondary students, we’ll even tell you what all those letters in the 2SLGBTQIA+ stand for!).

The integration of LGBTQ+ allyship and intersectionality can be added in the 90-minute version of this workshop.

  • Grades 10-12
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English

This workshop introduces students to the principles of oppression, privilege, and intersectionality. With an interactive activity, students will be invited to plot their identities according to their experience around things like race, social background, and ability. This workshop is the beginning of those hard conversations we need to have about why the world is the way it is, and how that experience is unique to each of us. Students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and multiple aspects of their identity in relation to others around them.

  • Grades 8+
  • 60 minutes
  • English

This workshop sheds light on Asexual and Aromantic identities and the role of their respective communities in the greater 2SGLBTQ+ community. We will be addressing some fundamental barriers to the youth learning about 2SLGBTQ+ identities, such as compulsory sexuality, and homonormativity. Students will learn about the Asexual and Aromantic communities, as well as challenge their perception of romantic and sexual relationships.

  • Grades 10-12
  • 60 minutes
  • English

This workshop breaks down some of the biggest myths about queer and trans people using cold, hard science. We’ll break down gender vs sex, explain intersex conditions, look at cultural bias in science, and figure out whether or not homosexuality really is “unnatural”. It’s time to think critically!

  • Grades 7-12+
  • 60 minutes
  • English and French

This workshop is geared towards students in advocacy clubs/initiatives such as GSA’s; we provide students with insight into the importance of community-led events in activism and advocacy work. Students will leave the workshop with a step-by-step guide to planning events to spread awareness on LGBTQ+ focussed initiatives, including logistics, advertising, incorporating diversity and accessibility. 

History

  • Grades 7-12, Adults
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English and French

This workshop explores key moments in queer and trans history from a Canadian lense. We begin with pre-colonial gender and sexual diversity within Indigenous communities and move through a timeline that highlights important events, legislation changes, and the establishment of a 2SLGBTQ+ rights movement in the country. Participants will also be introduced to community activists who play a significant role in pushing for inclusion, recognition, and celebration. The workshop includes interactive segments and a discussion-based portion for deeper reflection.

Intimate Partner Violence

  • Grades 7-12
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English and French

This interactive, discussed-based workshop aims to promote healthy relationships and prevent unhealthy relationships and violence by advocating for more self-love, defining the cornerstones of healthy relationships, and improving effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

sports Inclusion

  • Grades K-12, Adults
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English and French

Starting with a basic overview of gender and sexuality; we then move into how experiences of queer people in sports often differ from straight/cisgender athletes, enlightening participants about these varying obstacles and issues related to LGBTQ2S+ inclusion in sports, that most are not aware of. We discuss as a group how to effect these changes and increase inclusivity in sports, so we have more knowledge and strategies to boost participation and success. We conclude with a Q&A session.

in-partnership

  • Grades 9-12, Adults
  • 60-90 minutes
  • English

Our cultural assumption is that sex is binary, and that it can be determined ‘by looking.’ Science shows us that it is more complicated than that. There are many ways to measure sex, which don’t always show the same sex. What issues do intersex people face, if they don’t fit into our cultural preferences and norms for genital appearance? How much information does the pants check really give?  This workshop also explores intersex in different cultures, and how to be an ally.

Contact: intersex@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

These workshops are developed as paid partnerships with community members. The presentation of these workshops is subject to community member’s availability and will need inquires to those respective partners. 

We are also always looking to expand our workshop partners with members of the communities. If you are interested in sharing your story, experiances, or knowlege on topics such as Two-Spirit, BIPOC, BLM, Intersex…etc, please contact eliot@ccgsd-ccdgs.org

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