Breaking the Silence conference celebrates 20 years at the U of S

SASKATOON – Members of the media are invited to attend the 20th annual Breaking the Silence conference—On Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Sponsored by the College of Education, it is the longest standing conference of its kind in Canada. All events will be held in the Edwards School of Business:


Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18
Goodspeed Lecture Theatre (Room 18)
Edwards School of Business
25 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan


Friday, March 4:

  • 7:30 pm: Greetings from U of S President Peter Stoicheff, Mayor of Saskatoon Charlie Clark, and a special mystery guest.
  • A performance of the play The Pink Unicorn by Elise Forier Edie.

Saturday, March 5:

  • 9:15 am: Don Cochrane, Professor Emeritus College of EducationCelebrating activists Murray and Peter Corren"
  • 10 – 10:30 am: Presentation of the 2017 Peter Corren Award
  • 11 – noon: Looking back, moving forward, featuring presentations by Sheri Benson, MP for Saskatoon West, Larry Kowalchuk, a human rights lawyer, and Josh Butcher from Huskies’ Athletes Allies.
  • 1:15 pm: Workshops include:
      • Lindsay Herriot: Tips and tricks to get the most out of Gay-Straight Alliances
      • Emily Coates: Working with transgender children and youth and mental health
      • Jessica McCutcheon with Melanie Morrison: Has prejudice against LGBT persons declined?
      • Mark Perry and Sarah Gerrard: Starting a GSA in a rural school division
      • Jim Komar: Breaking the silence on LGBT issues in prisons with Helen Smith-McIntyre and David Feick of the Micah Mission 
      • China White and Iona Whipp: The art of drag

The full program is available here.



For more information, contact:

Don Cochrane
Professor Emeritus
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan

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