Diversity & Inclusion Training

Diversity Training for Organizations

Gender and sexual diversity can be confusing. Businesses, community-based organizations and others that want to be more inclusive often don’t know where to start. How can we help 2SLGBTQ+ people and families feel welcome? What language should we use? How can we avoid discrimination and meet our obligations to our clients, colleagues, employees and community? What else do we need to know?

Moose Jaw Pride offers interactive workshops for various organizations who are wanting to help jump-start their goals of becoming more inclusive. These fun and engaging workshops are geared towards equipping beginners with the most important information they need about the Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

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Our Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities


Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network are happy to work with you to offer the information and support that you need to meet your goals. Our training sessions, workshops and audits can last anywhere from 1 – 4 hours and can be completed all at once or over time.

Moose Jaw Pride currently delivers workshop on a variety of topics to help you and you organization meet your needs and obligations:

Introduction to 2SLGBTQ+ experiences,  perspectives and allyship
Typically, each module outlined below lasts about an hour.

1) Commonly used terms in the 2SLGBTQ+ community and terms to avoid
2) Some of the common challenges and life experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ people and families
3) Small changes that make a big difference for 2SLGBTQ+ people and families
4) How to ensure that transgender & gender diverse people have access to washrooms and change rooms

Introduction to Child & Vulnerable Person Protection for LGBTQ2+ and Youth serving organizations

We each have a responsibility to promote safe practices that protect children, young people and vulnerable persons from harm, abuse and exploitation.
Let’s talk about it and learn together from an 2SLGBTQ+ perspective in this virtual workshop with Taylor Carlson from Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network.

In this workshop we will discuss the law, terms and definitions, 2SLGBTQ+ experiences and perspectives, the philosophy of child and vulnerable person protection and your obligations to children, young people and vulnerable persons as a caregiver, responsible adult or 2SLGBTQ+ supporting organization. We will also discuss best practices for events, programs, facilities and venues for organizations.

Diversity & Inclusion at Work: an introduction to the experiences and perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ and other equity-seeking people and families for the Tourism, Hospitality and Accommodations Sector

People and families in Moose Jaw depend on a healthy tourism sector in many ways and so we’ve partnered with Western Economic Diversification Canada and Tourism Moose Jaw, among others, to support and celebrate businesses like yours through Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Workshops that will introduce you and your team to 2SLGBTQ+ and other equity-seeking travelers experiences and perspectives.

We want to invite 2SLGBTQ+ and other equity seeking people and families to experience Moose Jaw’s notoriously fabulous restaurants, hotels, amenities, attractions and events in ways that are genuine, positive and inclusive.

We will be offering front-line and supervisory workshop opportunities virtually through June 2021 at no-cost to small businesses in Moose Jaw.

Participating businesses will receive certificates of completion and be included in a fully-funded across Saskatchewan marketing campaign that invites people and families to experience your destinations, spaces and places. As well, participating businesses will be listed in a special Tourism Moose Jaw Directory in print and online.

Reach out to Erin at erin@moosejawpride.ca for information on how to participate at no-cost.

Introduction to LGBTQ2+ experiences and perspectives for Human Resource Professionals and Employers

Gender Identity, Expression and Sexuality for Community-Based Organizations

Gender Identity, Expression and Sexuality for Municipal Leaders and Departments

Gender Identity, Expression and Sexuality for Healthcare Practitioners

Facility, Workflow and Policy Audit
In the quest for a more diverse and inclusive workplace, equity is an important and critical component that companies must consider to meet their needs and obligations to employees and clients alike. It is not enough to attract and recruit diverse talent—there must be an active effort to ensure that all employees feel a sense of belonging and that policies, practices and procedures within the company foster equity.

Creating an equitable workplace means assessing for barriers and putting systems in place to ensure that all employees have the same advantages. To ensure that your organization is creating an equitable environment, an equity audit can be conducted in partnership with Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network to discover opportunities where you may best create an equitable environment for all.

Book a consultation now or call 306 692 3388 or email taylor@moosejawpride.ca to discuss any Workshop Opportunity listed here. We also deliver custom workshops to meet your unique needs.

What to Expect


Throughout these education opportunities and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to:

1) Work together with others to learn about the basics of the 2SLGBTQ+ community
2) Ask questions about gender & sexual diversity in a comfortable and supportive environment
3) Practice using new terminology
4) Begin planning how your organization can become more inclusive

Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network also offer participants a number of printed resources and certificates of completion.

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How much does it Cost?


Providing educational opportunities about gender and sexual diversity is part of the core mandate of Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network. As such, we are happy to work within an organization’s budget to offer these important workshops – sometimes even free of charge.

While we know that everyone would benefit from diversity training, we also know that our work has value. Our suggested rates below reflect our desire for the long-term viability of these courses and our commitment to pay our presenters fairly for the time it takes to prepare and organize each presentation.

1 hour – $300
2 hours – $500
3 hours – $700
4 hours – $900

Organizations located outside of Moose Jaw may also want to consider the cost of travel, meals or accommodations (if necessary) when deciding their budget for a diversity training session.

Out of Town Presentations


The staff and board of Moose Jaw Pride know what it’s like to live in a place with few resources or supports for 2SLGBTQ+ people and families. As such, we are committed to providing diversity training in smaller centres across Saskatchewan. At this time, we are particularly interested in offering training to various organizations in and around: Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Melville, Prince Albert, Battlefords & Humboldt.

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Meet our workshop facilitators

Cole Ramsey

Cole Ramsey (they/them)

Educator (Moose Jaw)

Laura Budd

Laura Budd (she/her)

Educator (Yorkton)

Laura Budd is an impassioned Human Rights advocate and ally who is driven to create a society where all people are celebrated and respected.  She has worked with students (from pre-K to University), educators, health care professionals, women’s shelters and service groups to offer diversity training on gender and sexual diversity which includes her own lived experiences. With the unique ability of speaking from her scars, not her wounds, Laura also does motivational speaking to dispel the myths and stigmas of mental health challenges and suicide.

Taylor Carlson

Taylor Carlson (they/them)

Executive Director (Mossbank)

Taylor Carlson is a passionate community organizer who has worked with schools, healthcare providers, municipalities and community groups to provide diversity training and workshops on supporting 2SLGBTQ+ people and families in an organizational setting. After completing their graduate studies in Statistical Applications of Sociology, their work has focused on bringing communities together to support and celebrate equity-seeking people and families living in smaller and rural centres.

Erin Hidlebaugh

Erin Hidlebaugh (she/her)

Community Connections Coordinator (Moose Jaw)

Erin is dedicated to providing support to equity-seeking people, families and community based organizations. She is a people person and takes great joy in connecting with those who access the services and supports that Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network offer. Erin loves the sense of community and belonging smaller and rural communities provide and is proud to have lived, worked and volunteered in Moose Jaw for many years.

She has a background in journalism, communications, municipal government and non-profit organizations. Erin combines her professional experience with her community involvement and advocacy to work with individuals, businesses and other community based organizations to identify opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ people and families to make healthy connections with one another and the broader community.


Moose Jaw Pride and the Saskatchewan Pride Network have delivered numerous presentations to community groups and other organizations across the province, including:


Five Hills Health Region (Senior Leadership, HR)
FHHR Mental Health & Addiction Services (multiple sessions)
FHHR Public Health Nurses
Academic Family Medicine (Residents: Moose Jaw & Swift Current)
Cypress Health Region
St. John’s Ambulance (Moose Jaw & Regina District)


Prairie South School Division (Senior Leadership)
South East Cornerstone School Division (Senior Leadership)
Peacock High School (Teachers)
Peacock, Riverview, Vanier, Assiniboia, Maverick High School, Swift Current Comprehensive, Ponteix School (Students)
SaskPolytech (Employees & Students)
Parkland College
Stoughton School
Luther College

Shelters & Group Homes

Southwest Crisis Centre
Moose Jaw Transition House
Provincial Association of Transition Houses
4 Directions Child and Family Services Stabilization and Assessment Centre

Civic / Other

Moose Jaw Police Service (Senior Leadership, police officers, front line staff)
RCMP Saskatchewan Division (Senior Leadership, front line staff, police officers)
Community Corrections – Custody, Supervision and Rehabilitation Services (Moose Jaw)
Five Hills Health Region (Various)
Weyburn HUB Meeting
Weyburn Canadian Mental Health Association
Melville Millionaires Hockey Team
Yorkton Terriers Hockey Team
YMCA of Regina (social workers in schools)
Southwest District for Culture, Recreation & Sport
City of Melville
Water Security Agency
Journey to Hope (Moose Jaw)
Conexus Credit Union (Moose Jaw)
Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture & Recreation
St. John’s Ambulance (Moose Jaw & Regina District)
Western Development Museum


“The content and information shared and discussed was of tremendous value! We appreciated the opportunity to not only ask questions but to also be able to practice and test out what we had learned.” -Aaron Barton, Area Manager, Conexus Credit Union

About Moose Jaw Pride


Moose Jaw Pride is a registered non-profit corporation composed of a volunteer Board of Directors from Moose Jaw and across Saskatchewan. Our mission is to celebrate and support gender and sexually diverse people through the provision of fabulously inclusive community services and educational opportunities. Our vision is a thriving community for all gender and sexually diverse people.

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