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EnVision Conference

Join us virtually at the 2023 EnVision Conference

TDSB's conference for 2SLGBTQIAP+ students and their allies

Tuesday, Feb 28th (Grades 9-12 & staff) &

Wednesday, March 1st (Grades 6-8 & staff)

The EnVision Conference is an annual gathering of 2SLGBTQIAP+ students and allies/co-conspirators. The focus of this year's conference is 2SLGBTQIAP+ Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Joy, Intersections, and Futurity.

The EnVision Conference invites 2SLGBTQIAP+ Elementary and Secondary students and their allies/co-conspirators to honour and celebrate 2SLGBTQIAP+ communities, as well as discuss issues faced across Ontario in addressing homophobia and transphobia. Students will use various virtual platforms to ask questions and explore ways to celebrate gender and sexual diversity in schools and beyond.

EnVision is most appropriate for students who are part of, or who want to start a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA), Gender Justice Group, Equity Club, or other groups of students interested in advocating for anti-oppression and anti-hate, as well as affirming and healthy relationships in schools.

The conference will be in-person with some online options for Virtual Schools. It's free and is open to TDSB middle and high school students and staff.

This year our keynote speaker is Catherine Hernandez (She/Her). An award-winning author and critically acclaimed screenwriter. She is a proud queer woman who is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for several awards including Canada Reads 2022. Her second novel Crosshairs, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and made the CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction.

She’s written several children’s books and the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, which was nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards and won 8 including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Joining us again, is the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance(TKBA). This for youth, by youth grassroots organization founded in 2010 aims to create a space to nurture the needs of Black and racialized LGBTQI+ youth who are facing varying barriers and trauma. TKBA also provides a space for them to be seen, protected and liberated, while developing a sense of community and bringing Ballroom Arts to Toronto.

Registration is now closed. 

Your Questions Answered!

Does each person attending need to register?

Due to workshop capacity and in order to receive the Zoom link to individual workshops, you need  to register for each workshop you wish to attend through your TDSB account. If a teacher is sharing the event, for example, by screening it in their physical classroom, only the teacher needs to register. Some GSAs set aside time to do this as a group and others do this on their own time.

Is teacher coverage provided?

Staff coverage is provided by the school.

Do we have to attend all the workshops?

No. You can attend the ones you want. However, if you have indicated that you are registered for a workshop, please ensure that you are present to honour the time and work of the presenters.

How are staff supervising students?

During each workshop, a TDSB staff member will be present to support the presenter and ensure the TDSB Code of Conduct is followed.

What time does the launch start?

We expect many participants for the event and to honour everyone’s time, attendees are asked to arrive and sign in at 8:15 a.m. We will begin the launch promptly at 9 a.m. Each workshop will begin at the time indicated. The launch is a key part of setting and affirming conditions for the day.