PRESS RELEASE: La Cité partners with local activist to explore experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ francophones in Saskatchewan

Nov 10, 2021Fransaskqueer, Projects, Update

November 10, 2021

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La Cité partners with local activist to explore experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ francophones in Saskatchewan

REGINA – La Cité universitaire will be hosting a live-streamed roundtable discussion called Fransaskoisie et identités queer et trans (“Fransaskois and queer and trans identities”) on Thursday, November 18 as the first part of a multi-component project about francophone 2SLGBTQ+ experiences. La Cité has hired Jacq Brasseur, a local queer activist and organizer, to lead the project alongside Dr. Jérôme Melançon, Associate Professor and Program Chair of French and Francophone Intercultural Studies.

“I moved to Regina for the first time in 2015 from a small city up North. As a queer person, I was ecstatic to finally find other queer people in a larger city, but as a person of Fransaskois heritage, I was saddened to see a lack of established francoqueer spaces in Saskatchewan,” said Jacq Brasseur, the founder of Ivy + Dean Consulting, a new Saskatchewan-based consulting firm. “I’m so glad that La Cité recognized the possibility that a project like this could have on fransaskois queer people, and immensely honoured that they identified me as somebody who could lead it.”

The project is starting with a roundtable discussion taking place in mid-November, setting the foundation for a small research project that will see Brasseur and Melançon interview Fransaskois and Francophone queer and trans people about the intersections of language and gender or sexual identity. These research results will inform a future workshop that Brasseur, who recently graduated from the University of Regina with a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, will develop for La Cité.

Participating in the roundtable with Brasseur are Marjorie Beaucage, a Two-Spirit Métis Elder and filmmaker, Mackenzy Vida, a U of R student and visual artist, and Dr. Romain Chareyron, an Assistant Professor of French at the University of Saskatchewan. The roundtable will be moderated by Radio-Canada’s Raphaële Frigon.

When asked about the reason for La Cité’s interest in this project, Dr. Melançon explained: “As a leading Francophone academic institution in Saskatchewan, we have an obligation to explore the breadth of experiences of francophones in our province. This includes 2SLGBTQ+ people. As allies, we knew that it was important this project be led by a queer or trans Fransaskois person, and we couldn’t be happier that Jacq has agreed to collaborate with us to further the understanding of fransaskois 2SLGBTQ+ experiences.”

Those interested in attending the roundtable can register online at La Cité’s website, while anybody interested in participating in the research project can connect confidentially with Brasseur or Dr. Melançon over email at jacq@ivydeanconsulting.ca or jerome.melancon@uregina.ca

Link for registration: https://secure.touchnet.net/C22138_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=571&SINGLESTORE=true 

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For more information:

Jacq Brasseur (they/them)
306-201-5439
jacq@ivydeanconsulting.ca 

Dr. Jérôme Melançon
306-585-5243
jerome.melancon@uregina.ca