Since 2016, the Intersections of Queer Symposium has brought 2SLGBTQ+ communities together in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) to share knowledge and build connections. The event, organized each year by The Landing Society, the University of Alberta Community Social Work Team, APIRG, and other community groups, complicates the idea that there is only one “queer community” or “queer experience.” Instead, we celebrate the huge variety of LGBTQ2S+ histories, identities, experiences and dreams for the future, teaching each other as peers and building solidarity in each others’ struggles. In 2020, we’re changing our format from a one-day annual event to an ongoing, virtual workshop series. We hope you’ll join us!

We’re excited to announce our first workshop of the 2020 Intersections of Queer Series! We’re SO glad that Gabe and Pilar are able to offer the workshop virtually, as it was originally planned for the symposium in March. Grant writing is not glamorous work, but is necessary to get many critical community projects off the ground. If you’ve got dreams and you need some $$ to make them happen – come learn from some seasoned pros! 

Grant Writing 101: In this workshop we will explore the ways to successfully apply for and write grant proposals, create budgets and maintain healthy relationships with grant giving organizations.

Wednesday, June 24, 7-9 pm

RSVP via the form on the right (or below, if you’re on your phone)! We’ll send the meeting link by email on Monday, June 22nd. Hope to see you there!

Facilitator bios: 

Gabe Castilloux (they/them) is nizh-manidowag (two spirit) Anishnaabe, L’nu, Scottish and French. They currently thrive in Amiskwacîwâskahikan in Treaty 6 territory. Gabe is an author, musician, artist, grass dancer and buffalo dancer and proudly celebrates a drug and alcohol free life. They are the current reigning Mr Two Spirit International and are the 2nd place National Slam Poetry Champion, and the recipient of Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts and Stories Award. Currently on the board of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, their vision is to empower and uplift two spirit peoples across Turtle Island.

Pilar Roqueni (she/her) is a Two Spirit Mestiza currently living in Treaty 6 territory. She is a social worker and family therapist by trade and has numerous years of experience in community development and grant writing.

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Community Consultation


The IQS planning committee will be continuing to reach out to our communities for input as we get programming going! We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, attended our zoom consultation, or sent us emails. Y’all have amazing ideas and we’re so excited to bring them into reality with you! We’ll be leaving this consultation survey open year round. Please fill it out or send us an email at if you want to offer feedback or ideas about content, accessibility, or anything else! Thank you so much.