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Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

This spring our Community Engagement Committee hosted a full-day workshop at the CLGA for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The course, titled “Teaching LGBTQ Students” is an Additional Qualification Course for Teachers taught by Vanessa Russell and Alison Hood. This class is kind of a big deal: it is a newly rolled out course accredited by the Ministry of Education with only three Ontario institutions teaching it.

The day started out with Rachel E. Beattie of the Community Engagement Committee presenting a presentation on teaching LGBTQ2+ history for the Grade 10 curriculum, focusing on Canada’s 20th century history. The presentation was written and created by CLGA’s Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Jade Pichette. The teachers were a wonderful audience, they had a lot of interesting questions and were enthusiastic about the many, sometimes hidden stories from our 20thcentury LGBTQ2+ history.

Following her presentation, Rachel led the teacher-students on a full tour through the Archives. Again, the group showed a great deal of interest and excitement about the CLGA and our collections.

The morning wrapped up with a spellbinding presentation by author, and long-time gay activist, Tim McCaskell. McCaskell captivated his audience with first person stories of major events in Canadian history. He compellingly described the Toronto Bathhouse Raids, including 1981’s Operation Soap resulting in the mass arrest of more than 300 men, the largest since Quebec’s 1971 FLQ October Crisis. He regaled the teachers with stories of the bar scene in the late 70s and 80s; the “safe place” and pre-digital social hub for community organizers and activists.
After lunch Vanessa Russell and Alison Hood lead the group in series anti-oppression lessons and workshops.

Overall it was an incredibly successful day!

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Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

Community Engagement & Toronto District School Board Workshop

This spring our Community Engagement Committee hosted a full-day workshop at the CLGA for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The course, titled “Teaching LGBTQ Students” is an Additional Qualification Course for Teachers taught by Vanessa Russell and Alison Hood. This class is kind of a big deal: it is a newly rolled out course accredited by the Ministry of Education with only three Ontario institutions teaching it.

The day started out with Rachel E. Beattie of the Community Engagement Committee presenting a presentation on teaching LGBTQ2+ history for the Grade 10 curriculum, focusing on Canada’s 20th century history. The presentation was written and created by CLGA’s Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Jade Pichette. The teachers were a wonderful audience, they had a lot of interesting questions and were enthusiastic about the many, sometimes hidden stories from our 20thcentury LGBTQ2+ history.

Following her presentation, Rachel led the teacher-students on a full tour through the Archives. Again, the group showed a great deal of interest and excitement about the CLGA and our collections.

The morning wrapped up with a spellbinding presentation by author, and long-time gay activist, Tim McCaskell. McCaskell captivated his audience with first person stories of major events in Canadian history. He compellingly described the Toronto Bathhouse Raids, including 1981’s Operation Soap resulting in the mass arrest of more than 300 men, the largest since Quebec’s 1971 FLQ October Crisis. He regaled the teachers with stories of the bar scene in the late 70s and 80s; the “safe place” and pre-digital social hub for community organizers and activists.
After lunch Vanessa Russell and Alison Hood lead the group in series anti-oppression lessons and workshops.

Overall it was an incredibly successful day!

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@clga.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:
Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@clga.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front of the house. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make the CLGA more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@clga.ca

Update – Sep 27, 2018: The front door is currently not accessible due to construction. Please use the back door until further notice.


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The CLGA strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.