Puppies Puppies: Body Fluid (Blood)

This is a free event

In conjunction with Puppies Puppies’ exhibition BODY FLUID (BLOOD), join representatives from Saskatoon community health and advocacy organizations for an information session and conversation. 

Panel Speakers

Raphaële Frigon is program director at the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.

Her background is in fine arts but for the past 10 years she has been working as a queer and trans organizer. She’s part of multiple 2SLGBTQ initiatives and organizations across Canada. At the core of her involvement in community organizing are by-and-for; and anti-oppressive principles. She believes that social change comes from communal efforts and that we all gain when marginalized voices are heard.

Raphaële will address how meaningful civic engagement can be transformative for queer and trans youth, not only because it can change our communities and our material conditions but also because it empowers us; it gives us a voice.

Jack Saddleback is a Cree, Two-Spirit, transgender, gay man from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. As the Cultural & Projects Coordinator with OUTSaskatoon, he works closely within the Queer community and the Indigenous community to address reconciliation and decolonization work that incorporates an intersectional lens. An aspiring sociology scholar, Jack has worked tirelessly with various institutions both nationally and internationally to create meaningful inclusion at all levels.

Jack will be diving into the work he has been doing with the National Indigenous Youth Council on Sexual Health and HIV & AIDS with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. A severely under-served population of Queer and Trans Indigenous youth are living on the fringes of outreach and research when it comes to HIV & AIDS and Jack will be bridging his talk with real-life experience in navigating advocacy for these populations.

Melissa Fern St. Denis I am 43 years old and originally from Muskoday First Nation. I have 6 children. 1 boy, 5 girls and 4 grandchildren. I moved to Saskatoon in 2016 to start a new beginning. I was diagnosed with HIV 13 years ago. At the time I was an active addict but that’s not how I was infected, which most people think our minority get infected. I was infected by my ex-partner, who did not tell me he was HIV+. Today, I am living a healthy life with HIV. Thanks to PLWA, I was able to give up my old ways and able to learn some new ways. I will be speaking about my experience and the importance of getting tested. Why HIV awareness is important and why testing is being done out in the open.

About the talk

In BODY FLUID (BLOOD), Puppies Puppies considers blood as a liquid that unites us all as humans, while exploring the complexities of our inner workings. The exhibition is formed around a constellation of issues and themes: the artist’s family connections and influences, what it means to share and give blood, and what blood may carry or transmit. The works combine the intensely personal with the anonymous and uniform, considering containment, circulation and the fluidity of self.


Remai Modern is temporarily closed in an effort to help mitigate risks to the public related to the spread of COVID-19.

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Saskatoon SK S7K 0L3