Girls Rock Saskatoon (GRS) is a registered non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of female, trans, two-spirit, and gender expansive youth and adults through collaborative music creation and performance.
GRS features Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon (GRCS), a week-long youth program where campers learn an instrument, form a band, and write a song to be performed at a showcase at the end of the week. In addition to technical training, campers take part in music workshops centred on creativity and confidence-building, as well as engaged workshops dealing with gender, social justice, image, identity, and community building. We offer two week-long day camps every summer for ages 8-14.
We also have programming for adults, in the form of our annual Girls Rock Camp: All Grown Up! If you’re a grown-up who’s always wanted to learn an instrument and be in a band, this is the weekend for you. Girls Rock Camp: All Grown Up is a fundraiser in support of our kids’ camps.
GRS values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply to participate as campers or volunteers. No musical experience required!
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Girls Rock Saskatoon uses the collaborative power of music to fight sexism and gender discrimination in our communities. We strive to create safer spaces where girls, women, trans, two-spirit, and gender expansive youth and adults can have opportunities for growth, learning, social justice education, and healthy relationships through role modeling, shared leadership, and alternatives to gendered socialization.
Girls Rock Saskatoon envisions a world in which gender and racial justice is achieved, youth voices are valued, and there are limitless opportunities for creative expression regardless of gender, race, class, ability, or culture. We envision a world where music education is valued, where power and opportunity are shared, and where creative and powerful spaces are universally accessible. We envision a world where traditionally marginalized voices are equally entitled to, deemed worthy of, and valued and respected in these spaces.
Values and Points of Unity
Girls Rock Saskatoon holds the following values:
- We value safer spaces for joyful and authentic self expression.
- We value the voices and perspectives of youth, and believe they have a seat at the table.
- We value mentorship, and strive to model healthy relationships.
- We value diverse identities, experiences, and expressions.
- We value centring marginalized voices in decision making.
- We value sharing leadership.
- We value challenging existing gendered socialization and norms, and believe there is another way to live as a society.
Girls Rock Saskatoon aligns with other organizations within the movement and accepts the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Points of Unity:
- We believe that youth are inherently powerful. We work to support youth leadership in our programs and communities
- Our work is a direct attempt to amplify voices that have otherwise been told to be silent. Music, art, and creative expression are our tools in building a loud, celebratory, and formidable movement. We do not use these tools by accident; we use them because music and creative expression are accessible, community-based, collaborative, and political.
- Our work is political. We work to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression and acknowledge that they do not affect us all equally. Our work must be led and built by those most impacted by systemic oppression and colonization.
- Gender is fluid, expansive, and cannot be contained within a binary. Trans and gender nonconforming people have always been and will always be an integral part of our movement. Our work must centre those who experience marginalization because of their gender identity and expression.
- In order for our movement to be effective it must be physically, financially, and linguistically accessible. We strive to make sure all those who wish to do this work have what they need to thrive.
- Though we are often told otherwise, we believe there is room for us all to be leaders. We do not fear scarcity and we believe in abundance. Our work benefits from sharing power and leadership within our movement.
- Our work must be adaptable and willing to shift. We are committed to continually remaking ourselves, and boldly engaging the discomfort of change and transition. We are constantly learning how to challenge systemic oppression and how to love each other better.
- We are not alone and our work transcends borders. Our collective power is grounded in our membership and the communities our members come from and work with. We can hear each other across oceans and the landscapes we call home, and we work in solidarity with each other and other liberation movements.
- Authentic relationship building is the work. We are better equipped to support and fight for our youth when we care for and value one another.
- We must hold ourselves and each other accountable. There is power in transformation, forgiveness, and healing. We believe that we can teach each other and learn together.
- We believe that joy is a revolutionary force.
Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or other discriminatory behaviour or expression.