Workshops & Training

We believe that education is one of our greatest tools in working to eliminate homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression that Two Spirit, Trans, and Queer people experience.

Our education team uses a variety of materials, activities, and styles in order to effectively engage with any audience.

Whether you're looking for professional development training for your staff, a presentation for your elementary school class, or diversity training for a business that wants to become queer-inclusive, we are open to providing the right educational training for you.

Book a Workshop

Contact Wendy Li (She/Her)

EDUCATION & RESEARCH MANAGER

learn@outsaskatoon.ca

Classroom Presentations

Students will be introduced to 2SLGBTQ terminology and identities through 2SLGBTQ-friendly books (Kindergarten - Grade 3) or an interactive presentation (Grade 4 - 8 and 9 - 12). Students will take part in a class discussion that focuses on reducing discrimination, increasing awareness of 2SLGBTQ people and issues, and what inclusive spaces look and feel like. All content is age-appropriate and connected to Saskatchewan curricula.

Target audience

Students from Kindergarten to grade 12

Topics Covered

Terminology, Inclusive Language, How to be an active ally

 

Formats Offered

  • Individual class presentations
  • Presentations to multiple classes
  • Virtual or In-person presentations

Fee

Within Saskatoon: Free

Outside of Saskatoon: Mileage, meals, and accommodations if overnight stay is needed

For more information

Janna Bernatsky (They/Them)
fYrefly Program Coordinator

fyrefly@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Education & School Administrators

This presentation is for professional development training for all school-based staff. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, inclusive language, and affirming practices to implement within the classroom. Participants will also be led through group discussions that center around school systems, policy, and 2SLGBTQ safety. Resources will also be provided.

Target audience

Teacher, Administrations, Support Staff

Topics Covered

2SLGBTQ terminology, pronouns, gender inclusive washrooms, gendered spaces within schools, safe space, impacts of homophobia and transphobia

 

Formats Offered

  • Professional development training (1 hour, minimum - full day, maximum)
  • Consultation on policy, how to start a Gay Straight Alliance club, and student support
  • Conference workshops and keynote presentations
  • Environmental Assessment of their school 
  • Virtual or In-person presentations

Fee

Within Saskatoon: $100

Outside of Saskatoon: $100 + mileage, meals, and accommodations

For more information

Janna Bernatsky (They/Them)
fYrefly Program Coordinator

fyrefly@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Queer & Trans Affirming Healthcare

This presentation is for healthcare providers who work within any medical or community setting, and students who are currently enrolled in a healthcare-related program.

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, and inclusive language. Discussions will center around the lived experiences of the 2SLGBTQ community within the healthcare system. Participants will be introduced to affirming practices that can be implemented within healthcare settings to enhance Two Spirit, Queer, and Trans client experiences.

Resources will also be provided.

Target audience

Healthcare providers, healthcare students

Topics Covered

2SLGBT terminology, pronouns, gender inclusive language, best practices in trans health care, medical transition related procedures, best practices in forms, intake, policy, and procedure.

 

Formats Offered

  • Professional development training (minimum 2 hours)
  • Presentations to university students within the Colleges of Medicine and
  • Nursing (minimum 2 hours)
  • Conference workshops and keynote presentations
  • Consultation on best practices, policy and procedure development, and patient support
  • Resources

Fee

Free due to the project being grant funded

For more information

Elijah Gatin (They/Them)
Trans Health Navigator

transhealth@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Non-Profit & Business

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, and inclusive language. Participants will also be led through a group discussion centered around the importance of 2SLGBTQ affirming forms, spaces and services. Resources will also be provided.

Target audience

Non-profit staff, small and big business owners and employees, corporations, government representatives and workers, etc.

Topics Covered

Terminology, gender inclusive language, pronouns, washrooms, change rooms, and gendered spaces, the concept of safe space, and how to provide inclusive customer service

 

Formats Offered

  • Professional development training (minimum 2 hours)
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Custom education services and on-going training
  • Conference workshops and keynote presentations
  • Environmental assessment of workplace
  • Consultation on best practices, policy and procedure development, and client/customer support
  • Resources

Fees

Non-profit fee: $200/hour

Small business fee: $250/hour

Corporate fee: $750/hour

Outside of Saskatoon: $750/hour

For more information

Wendy Li (She/Her)
Education & Research Manager

learn@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Two Spirit 101

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of Two Spirit identity, historical acceptance and current day issues, and strategies to bolster reconciliation work within their environments. Resources will also be provided.

Target audience

Everyone

Topics Covered

2SLGBTQ terminology; Two Spirit history in North America; a background on societal oppression throughout history, including racism, homophobia, and transphobia; and the modern Two Spirit movement

 

Formats Offered

  • Professional development training (1 hour, minimum - full day, maximum)
  • Consultation on policy development
  • Conference workshops and keynote presentations
  • In person or virtual

Fees

Non-profit fee: $200/hour

Small business fee: $250/hour

Corporate fee: $750/hour

Outside of Saskatoon: Hourly fee + mileage, meals, and accommodations if overnight stay is needed

For more information

Jack Saddleback (He/Him)
Cultural & Projects Coordinator

twospirit@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Queering Housing Services

Participants will be introduced to 2SLGBTQ identities, terminology, and inclusive language. Participants will explore the causes and risks of 2SLGBTQ youth homelessness, why youth may feel unsafe to access youth shelters, and common challenges homeless 2SLGBTQ youth face. Participants will be led through the basics of housing 2SLGBTQ youth, including how to create safer spaces and practices to ensure that 2SLGBTQ youth are affirmed within short and long term housing.

Target audience

Employees of youth shelters and group homes, funders of youth housing

Topics Covered

2SLGBTQ terminology, inclusive language, pronouns, causes and risks of 2SLGBTQ youth homelessness, protective factors to prevent 2SLGBTQ youth homelessness, affirming youth housing practices, pervasiveness of mental health issues with youth

 

Formats Offered

  • Workshop (In-person or Zoom) 

  • Resources

Fees

Saskatoon: Free due to project being grant funded

Outside of Saskatoon: Mileage, meals, and accommodations if overnight stay is needed

For more information

Meagan Dagenais (She/Her)
Housing Education Coordinator

housingeducation@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224

Gender Based Violence Workshop Series

The GBV Workshop Series is designed to be completed in numerical order (i.e. Module 1 is completed before Module 2 and so forth), as each module builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in each workshop.The GBV series is part of our 5 year federally funded Gender Based Violence Project which seeks to better equip service providers with Queer-affirming, trauma informed, culturally safe gender based violence training.

Target audience

Service providers such as healthcare workers, mental health supports, educators, justice workers, community based organizations, government employees, along with post secondary students in social work, healthcare, or humanities based courses.

Module 1: Foundations of 2SLGBTQ Identity & Gender Based Violence

Attendees will be introduced to gender based violence (GBV), foundations of identity, and how GBV shows up in 2SLGBTQ people’s lives. Additionally, attendees will also explore 2SLGBTQ history in Canada, the importance of accountable allyship, and how to unpack personal beliefs.

This workshop is interactive and will include large and small group discussion, personal reflection, and a group debrief.

Duration of workshop: 3 hrs

Module 2: Recognizing Gender Based Violence Towards Queer Folks

Attendees will review key aspects of gender based violence before learning how to identify GBV directed at the 2SLGBTQ community. Through case studies and stories, attendees will examine how GBV uniquely impacts 2SLGBTQ people in different settings (i.e. healthcare, education, etc.) at a relational, community, and systemic level. 

This workshop is interactive and will include large and small group activities and discussion, personal reflection, and a group debrief.

Duration of workshop: 3 hrs

Module 3: Preventing & Responding to Gender Based Violence

Attendees will review identifying GBV in diverse settings, such as healthcare, before learning strategies to address and intervene in GBV situations. Attendees will be introduced to empathetic communication, and will also explore the 2SLGBTQ Affirming Care Approach and how it applies to personal practice. 

This workshop is interactive and will include large and small group discussion, small group role playing, personal reflection, and a group debrief.

Duration of workshop: 3 hrs

Module 4: Tools For Healing & Creating Change

Attendees will review affirming communication before exploring the different impacts of trauma on 2SLGBTQ people. We will examine trauma-and-violence-informed practices and how to support the healing journey from trauma. Attendees will also look at how to create positive change within their own practice, as well as within their organization. 

This workshop is interactive and will include large and small group discussions, small group role playing, personal reflection, and a group debrief.

Duration of workshop: 3 hrs

 

Formats offered for all modules

  • Professional development training (3 hours per module course
  • Custom education services and on-going training
  • Conference workshops and keynote presentations
  • Consultation on best practices, policy and procedure development, and client support

Fees

Free

For more information

gbveducation@outsaskatoon.ca
1-306-665-1224