Diversity and inclusion at USask

Take time to connect, commemorate and celebrate Pride, and join us as we continue to work to make our campus community a safe and supportive place for all students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors.

As our University Plan 2025 states, our ambition is to be the university the world needs, and the world needs safe and welcoming spaces for everyone.


2SLGBTQIA+ History Month

2SLGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized internationally, and is observed in Canada every October. The month-long celebration recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Various events and learning resources are available to the USask community throughout the month to commemorate and learn about the history of the queer community in Saskatchewan, Canada and throughout the world.


We invite you to join us for an engaging panel presentation featuring esteemed speakers: Prof. Laura Belmonte - Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a professor of history at Virginia Tech, Víctor M. Macías-González - Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and Swathi Sekhar - Director of Protection Initiatives and immigration and refugee lawyer at the Rainbow Railroad.

Together, we will explore the fascinating intersection of queer history, migration, and human rights on a global scale.

Our discussion will be moderated by USask professors Dr. Alessio Ponzio and Dr. Rachel Loewen Walker.

We extend a warm welcome to everyone to attend this enlightening presentation as we celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ History Month. 

Registration is required. There are 86 in-person seats available. There are 100 online seats available.

The USask Museum of Antiquities presents "Not Set In Stone: An Exploration of Gender and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Art." The exhibit will be open from October 5th to December 22nd, 2023.

The USask Museum of Antiquities is open from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday and 12:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturdays.

Anthony Bidulka is a queer author from Saskatchewan. He is the author of mystery, suspense and thriller novels that centre queer characters. He has won many awards including the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Mystery, Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence, and an Independent Book Publisher Award. Anthony resides in Saskatchewan and has just released his newest novel, Livingsky.

Join Anthony on Oct. 11 in the USask Education Library to discuss his work, life, and what it means to be an accomplished queer writer in Canada.

Two movie nights will be held in collaboration with USask professors in the month October. See below for details.

PRIDE (2014) 
October 13, 2023
Time: 7 pm
Location: Neatby-Timlin Theatre, ARTS 241
With Dr. Jim Clifford and Dr. Alessio Ponzio 
Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gay and lesbian activists lent their support to a smallvillage of striking miners in 1984 Wales. Based on a true story.
Aimée and Jaguar (1999)
October 25, 2023
Time: 7 pm
Location: Neatby-Timlin Theatre, ARTS 241
With Dr. Mark Meyers and Dr. Alessio Ponzio 
Set in Berlin during WWII, this movie tells the story of a passionate love affair between a housewife married to a Nazi officer and a Jewish woman in hiding. 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
October 30, 2023
Time: 3:30PM
Location: Arts 102
With Dr. Josh Morrison
Story of two drag queens, Mitzi Del Bra and Felicia Jollygoodfellow, and a transwoman, Bernadette Bassenger touring on a bus named "Priscilla". Follow along on their adventures as they travel across Australia!

Step into the Glittering Past!

Ladies, gentlemen, and all you fabulous souls in between, brace yourselves for a night of pure drag-tastic delight! The time has come to celebrate the dazzling history of drag, and what better way to do it than with the iconic China White and the sensational Iona Whipp? Calling themselves "established Drag Queens" is merely scratching the surface of their reign in the world of glamour. 

Join us at Louis Loft in the Memorial Union Building at 7pm as Iona and China take us through the history of the art of drag, featuring content from the USask Neil Richards Collection Sexual and Gender Diversity. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

Registration link: https://libcal.usask.ca/calendar/events/DragHistory

Show your pride

2023 USask Pride Shirts are available for purchase on the Shop USask website.
2023 USask Pride Shirts are available for purchase on the Shop USask website.

USask pride shirts, mugs, tote bags and more are available for purchase in person at the Shop USask Bookstore or online. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the university's queer housing initiative, an opportunity open to all queer students to live in a queer-specific community within USask Residence, allowing for a safe, inclusive and supportive space for students.

Select USask Pride swag - including buttons from the University Library Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity - will be given away at some USask Pride events. Stay tuned!

Pride flag on campus
The pride flag in 2023 will be hung in Nobel Plaza on the Saskatoon campus.
This year, the intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag will be hung in Nobel Plaza on the Saskatoon campus.
Two-spirit flag
The two-spirit flag will be hung alongside the intersex-inclusive Progress Pride flag.


Saskatchewan Pride Weeks  

Peter MacKinnon is lit in a rainbow of coloured lights.
The Peter MacKinnon Building is lit in a rainbow of coloured lights during Pride Month.

Saskatoon Pride
June 9-18, 2023
Pride Parade: June 17 at 1 PM

Regina Queen City Pride
June 2-11, 2023
Pride Parade: June 10 at 12 PM

Prince Albert Pride Week
May 28-June 4, 2023

Pride Parade: June 3 at 11 AM

Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

The Peter MacKinnon Building flies the Pride flag in Nobel Plaza. (Photo: USask)

Everyone is invited to attend the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony to kick off Pride Month at the University of Saskatchewan. The flag raising is one of the ways we visibly demonstrate that USask is committed to fostering an inclusive and positive working and learning environment for everyone, including those in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 1 pm in front of the Peter MacKinnon Building.

Saskatoon Pride Parade

The USask community at the 2022 Pride Parade in downtown Saskatoon. (Photo: USask)
The USask community at the 2022 Pride Parade in downtown Saskatoon. (Photo: USask)

June 17, 2023
Starts at 1 pm (meet between 12-12:20 pm)
Location: Downtown Saskatoon, view the parade route (To walk with USask, meet at Spadina Cres. and 24 St. East under the University Bridge. We will be located in Section 7 of the parade marshalling area).

All members of the USask community are invited to walk with USask in the parade or support from the sidelines along the parade route (make sure to look for the USSU and USask entries). Find more information about walking with USask here.

Spark Your Pride
Location: Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, SK
Time: June 13, 3-9 PM
Spark Your Pride is a festival celebrating the lives of Saskatchewan’s lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and 2Spirit people.

Gender, Diversity and Equality Masquerade Ball
Location: Western Development Museum, North Battleford, SK
Time: June 23, 5:30 PM-12 AM
The Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs presents the first 2SLGBTQ+ event, including dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction and speeches from guests and dignitaries from across the province. The event will feature an exhibit of LGBT-based objects from Saskatchewan, photos collected from the USask Neil Richard’s collection and artifacts from WDM’s LGBTQ+ collection. Email donald.meriam@batc.ca or jordan.weenie@batc.ca for more information and for tickets.

Facilitated from the USask Prince Albert campus and led by Prince Albert Campus Lead Robert Procyk, the Pride Book Club will feature young adult fiction book Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The Pride Book Club is open to attend in-person at the Prince Albert campus or by Zoom for any other member of the USask community across Saskatchewan.

June 8 - 4:30-5:30 PM

June 15 - 4:30-5:30 PM

Please email askus.pa@usask.ca if you would like to join via Zoom.

Join the USask College of Medicine for activities to recognize and celebrate students, faculty, and staff in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, including a book club and mentorship events. Find more information here.

University Library Neil Richards Collection

  Find more videos created about the Neils Richards Collection of Gender and Sexual Diversity for Pride 2022 on the USask University Library YouTube Channel.

The Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity at the USask University Library is a collection of published materials including books (both fiction and non-fiction), periodicals, and videos that cover many aspects of the history and literature of sexual and gender diversity.

Established in 2010, the collection aims to be distinctive to the University of Saskatchewan. Material connected to queer life in Saskatchewan is especially prized. The collection preserves many items representing the popular culture of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities including lifestyle and physique magazines, comic and cartoon books, posters, film memorabilia, postcards and buttons, and sound recordings. This special collection is named in honor of Neil Richards who dedicated his life to the collection and preservation of 2SLGBTQIA+ history. 

These materials can be viewed in the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the Murray Library by appointment, or found online at the links below.

When people think of Canada’s queer history and gay liberation, they often think of Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal as important spaces, but Saskatoon has had a vibrant gay community since the 1970's. Join USask Ph.D Candidate Candice Klein on a journey through Saskatoon and Saskatchewan before and during Gay Liberation.

Learning and resources

Academic opportunities

USask certificate programs

Students in Queer Theory, Gender Diversity, and Sexualities Studies will learn to use mixed qualitative, quantitative, community engaged, and creative methods. They will be trained critically to engage with the ways sexism, racism, ableism, queerphobia and colonialism enable Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit erasures in mainstream environments, and will acquire transferable skills that enhance their capacities to contribute to professional roles committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization.

Pride podcasts on Spotify

The College of Arts and Science has a curated list of educational podcasts available to listen to on Spotify, focusing on various topics including Pride history in the Prairies and an overview of available campus resources for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community at USask.

Community resources

Saskatoon Pride
A number of Pride YXE events are ongoing throughout the month of June. Explore additional community resources and learn how to get involved.

A curated list of resources covering a range of topics, challenges and experiences.

Saskatoon Sexual Health
Explore services and how to get involved.

Trans Sask
A support and resource network for trans-identified, genderqueer, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, their spouses, family, friends, and allies.