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The CCGSD is committed to building a world without discrimination, built on three pillars: education, research, and advocacy. 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 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

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

  • Grades 5-6, 7-8, 9-12
  • Runtime: 60 mins (Gr 5-6), 75+ mins (Gr 7+)
  • 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 of who they are, and how to be respectful to those around them who may be different. It is primarily focused on identifying and avoiding stereotypes, developing confidence in our own diversity, and developing empathy for others.

This workshop is adjusted based on curricular learning objectives for each grade grouping. For more detailed information, please submit a workshop request form.

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

This workshop promotes healthy relationships and helps prevent unhealthy relationships and violence. It is an interactive and discussion-based module advocating for greater self-love, defining the cornerstones of healthy relationships, and improving effective communication and conflict resolution skills in students.

  • Grades 7-12
  • Runtime: 60-75 minutes
  • English (French may be available upon request)

What is consent and how do we even talk about it? This workshop addresses these questions and more! Participants will learn to identify what consent looks like, what are some common myths about consent, and how to identify non-consensual interactions.

  • Grades 6-8; 10-12
  • 60 minutes
  • English (French may be available upon request)

This workshop addresses similar topics at both grade levels, but is tied to particular curriculum expectations according to grade.

Grades 6-8: Let’s bust some myths! This workshop dives into the world of biodiversity and some of the weirdest and most awesome animals on the planet. Are there really only two sexes? Are males always bigger than females? Can an animal really be “gay”? All these questions and more will be answered in our whirlwind tour of biodiversity and myths in the animal kingdom. 

Relevant curriculum: Understanding Life Systems (Biodiversity)

Grades 10+: 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!

Relevant curriculum: Grade 10 Science (Biology),  Grade 11 Biology (Anatomy of Mammals, Genetics)

INTERSECTIONALITY AND DIVERSITY (I&D)

  • Grades: 6-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    This workshop introduces students to the principles of oppression, privilege, and intersectionality. Students are introduced to an opportunity to plot their identities according to their experience with race, gender, social class, family life, ability, and religion. This workshop is an introduction to those uncomfortable but necessary 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: 6-12
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Languages: English

The aim of this workshop is to give students the opportunity to explore the way we use labels to identify each other and to consider the ways that those labels affect how others think about us, how we behave, and how we think about ourselves. Through better understanding how labels and stereotypes impact us, students can reach a better understanding on how to approach labels and stereotypes.

  • Grades: 9-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    While the Intersecting Identities workshop gives an introduction to understanding identity and positionality, Power & Privilege joins as the second part of the Intersecting Identities workshop and helps students dive into a deeper understanding of oppression, power, and privilege. Through interactive questions and thought provoking conversations, students will be able to enhance their understanding of their positionality in society and allow them to navigate the world more effectively.

  • Grades: 9-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    This workshop aims to help students navigate burnout and compassion fatigue they might be experiencing from taking part in activism and current social movements. Students will learn about setting boundaries, self care, and healthy survival strategies to stay hopeful in a changing world. Through interactive questions and conversations, participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to self-soothe after experiencing burnout, as well as steps in order to prevent it.

  • Grades: 9-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    Through a culturally and religiously diverse framework, this workshop will investigate the concept of “Coming Out” and why this language can be harmful to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Students will be able to have dynamic and constructive conversations around what this idea means to them, and how the concept of “Letting In” others into queer and trans identities can give individuals more autonomy and agency.

  • Grades: 9-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    With a focus on highlighting the  value of intersectionality, this workshop will take a creative approach in using poetry as a means of highlighting an intersectional framework. What does it mean to think about ourselves, and others, as people with multiple identities? In focusing on a stanza from the poem, “I Am Black Before Woman in February” by Crystal Valentine, and the ways in which she makes space for her Black, queer, and woman identity, participants will get a chance make a version of this poem that feels authentic to them and in this way, engage with intersectionality through an artistic lens.

  • Grades: 9-12

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Languages: English

    In having popular media depict queer folks through the narrow lens of the stereotypical funny, relatable sidekick in the story of life, and rarely the main character, students will be encouraged to think of what it would look like to change this narrative. This workshop will focus on the romanticization of self and leaning into our “main character energy”, and reclaim attention for our stories that deserve to be told, shared, and valued.

professional Development

Professional development training is under review. As a result, we are not currently taking bookings. For further information contact eliot@ccgsd-ccdgs.org .

in-partnership

The CCGSD is currently developing workshops in partnership with community experts and marginalized folks interested in sharing their lived experiences. The presentation of these workshops is subject to each community member’s availability and unique requirements. 

If you have a unique community perspective and would be interested to share it with children and youth, please contact eliot@ccgsd-ccdgs.org.

At this time, we are prioritizing partnership opportunities with Two Spirit and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).

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