The 7th annual Alberta Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSA) Conference was located at Jasper Place High School on Treaty 6 land in Amiskwaciwậskahikan, also known as Edmonton, on Saturday November 17th, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The conference aimed to provide support for Alberta K-12 students and teachers in the formation and maintenance of GSAs/QSAs as well as connect attendees with local organizations and supports.
Each year the conference gets bigger and bigger! This year was the largest conference yet! Check out some of the details below:
610+ Conference participants
470+ Students & teachers attended
572 Student & Teacher tickets sold for GSA Conference (150+ on waitlist)
67% of student and teacher ticket holders were from outside Edmonton or Calgary
109 different schools from across Alberta
31 School Districts
11 School Districts financially supported through travel bursaries.
4 Opening ceremony speakers
34 Workshops for students & school staff
41 Workshop facilitators
50+ Representatives from 25 Resource Fair Organizations
2 ASL Interpreters
A message from Hasina Juma, the 2018 Alberta GSA Conference keynote speaker:
Thank you for providing me with an incredible honor delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Alberta GSA Conference. I was unforgettable experience. My favourite part was chatting with the students and hearing their stories and how they are raising awareness at their school. We live in a society, where LGBTQ2+ people of colour are not always given spaces and platforms to share their story. One result is that LGBTQ2+ people of colour aren’t really represented in Alberta society. I commend you for being forward thinking and giving me a platform to share my journey of becoming myself as bisexual person of colour who has multiple identities. This choice made a profound impact on the audience especially for the students of colour who came to share their stories with me after the keynote. All of these students were ecstatic to finally see someone like them who understands their complex struggles and is thriving in life.
You can find the recording of the keynote along with a copy of the hand out through the following link: Hasina Juma Keynote- Alberta GSA Conference 2018
Huge thank you to all of the workshop presenters, resource fair organizations, and volunteers who made the conference happen!
Check out videos and photos from the conference via the Alberta GSA Network Instagram!
The 2018 Alberta GSA Conference was organized by a committee & with help from the following organizations: