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Picture of Gay Rights Protest March In Toronto, 1970'S.
Professional Learning

Exploring 2SLGBTQIA+ Narratives in Canada

Explore 2SLGBTQIA+ narratives and significant moments in queer history in Canada with Facing History & Ourselves and The ArQuives.

May 02, 2024 | 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT

Cost:  Free
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About this event:

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

Culture & Identity Human & Civil Rights
Equity Education

Key Points

  1. Delve into contemporary 2SLGBTQIA+ narratives and the histories behind these stories with The ArQuives.

  2. Learn practical pedagogical tools and strategies from Facing History & Ourselves facilitators for integrating these Canadian histories into middle and senior school classrooms.

  3. Experience an identity-affirming and trauma informed approach to 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

  4. Gain access to a wealth of resources supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ acceptance and affirmation through The ArQuives.

Join us for an interactive educator workshop in partnership with The ArQuives, Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ archives. In this online interactive workshop, educators will gain invaluable insights into trauma-informed and identity-affirming approaches to 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion, equipping them with practical tools and strategies for creating safe and affirming learning environments. 

As we delve into the rich tapestry of Canadian 2SLGBTQIA+ histories, we'll also highlight the significance of archives in preserving and amplifying marginalized voices. Incorporating these histories and stories into our classrooms not only acknowledges the lived experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals today but also illuminates the vibrant and interconnected communities that persevered and advocated for their rights in the past.

The ArQuives works to preserve and make accessible Canadian 2SLGBTQIA+ histories and is the world's largest independent resource for those who strive for a future world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are accepted, valued, and honoured.

Since 1973, The ArQuives has been acquiring and preserving material documenting 2SLGBTQIA+ history. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and provide public access to information and materials, in any medium, by and about 2SLGBTQIA+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada.

Photographs of gay rights protest march, 1970s by Gerald Hannon, The ArQuives (1994-006/40P(03P))

The 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym encompasses Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and more. The “+” signifies inclusivity for individuals identifying as part of sexual and gender diverse communities, who use additional terminologies.


Raegan Swanson

Executive Director of The ArQuives

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