At the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives we believe in the importance of acting as an educational resource to the community. Our main avenues for providing educational support is through tours of our the Jared Sessions House that the CLGA provides our public programs in, moving tours of Toronto’s LGBTQ2+ historical neighbourhoods, and presentations about our collections.
We provide tours to groups and organizations of the Jared Sessions House at 34 Isabella Street, Toronto ON home of the Archives. Within the tour participants will learn some of the history of the home, the history of the CLGA, and will get to see CLGA collections. With enough notice we will display materials for interest of the group. We have given tours to everyone from youth groups, teachers, university classes, religious groups, high school students, social groups, employee resource associations, tourists, and more.
We provide moving tours to groups and organizations of historic areas of Toronto’s LGBTQ2+ communities. Currently we provide two moving tours: the Church-Wellesley Village which discusses the history of the Village focusing primarily on the 1970s to today; and downtown Yonge-Queen-King focusing on the earlier history from the 1910s to 1960s. We offer these tours for groups as well as for individuals in partnership with Heritage Toronto. Moving tours are bookable from May to October.
The CLGA provides a number of different presentations around Canada about our collections, the importance of archiving LGBTQ2+ content, and Canadian LGBTQ2+ History. Since 2015 we have presented in many cities across Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, London, Guelph, Toronto, Peel Region, Durham Region, Montreal and more. If your city or town is not on that list we would like to add you so please contact us! Presentations are variable in length depending on the nature and setting of the presentation.
How to Book our Educational Programs
In order to book a tour or presentation the CLGA requires a month’s notice as most tours and presentations are given by our dedicated volunteers. We ask that an honourarium is provided to the CLGA in exchange. Please email our Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, to book a tour or with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.