Saturday, May 6th, 2017

The Kahanoff Centre, 105 12 Ave SE, Calgary

9:00am – 4:00pm


Fairy Tales, with the support of RBC, is proud to announce our first ever Ally Toolkit Conference!

The Ally Toolkit Conference is a one-day conference offering a holistic toolkit for better ally-ship in schools, at work and in our communities.

In 2009, Fairy Tales launched our OUTReels diversity Education Program, sponsored by our project partner RBC. Through this program, we have delivered over 300 diversity education workshops for thousands of Albertans, using film as a vehicle for learning, discussion and empathy. As the Alberta Government implements new legislation protecting diversity in our schools, now more than ever, allies of the LGBT2QA+ are asking how can I help? 

Many don’t know where to start. Many have questions they don’t know how to ask. Many need an invitation to join a community they might not otherwise know how to engage with.

The Ally Toolkit Conference will help begin this conversation.

Our project partners: RBC, Calgary Sexual Health Centre, Hilhurst United Church, VOICES Coalition and the Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces.

Please register in advance, space is limited!

The conference fee is $50, and includes lunch and refreshments. A limited amount of accessibility registration is available, which is free of charge. If you feel that financial barriers would prevent you from otherwise participating in this conference, we encourage you to select to register for free at our checkout under our accessibility policy.


Program Agenda 

9:00am – Event check-in/coffee break

 9:15am – Formal introduction & welcome from Fairy Tales staff, ‘ally monologue’ performance presented by The Coming Out Monologues YYC

 9:45am – Introduction of ‘Learning Rights’ for the day, crash course on basic LGBTQ terminology presented by James Demers.

 10:15am – 11:45 – Session 1a – Trans and Non-Binary 101 presented by OUTReels (James Demers)

 10:15am-11:45am – Session 1b – GSA Toolkits for Teachers, Students and Parents presented by The Calgary Sexual Health Centre

 11:45am – 12:45pm – Networking Lunch and Resource Fair

 12:45pm – Afternoon check in with Fairy Tales staff

 1:00pm – 2:30pm – Session 2a – Coming Out in Faith presented by Pam Rocker (Hilhurst United Church)

1:00pm-2:30pm – Session 2b – Corporate Diversity presented by RBC

 2:30pm-2:45pm – Coffee Break

 2:45pm – Session leaders Q & A Panel moderated by SASS (Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces) and VOICES (Calgary’s Coalition for People of Colour)

 3:45pm – Final Thoughts/Further Resources

 4:00 – End of Day

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