The Gender Symposium on Mobilizing Indigenous Two-Spirit (2SLGBTQQIA+) History will enable an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of historical approaches to the Indigenous Two-Spirit (2SLGBTQQIA+) in the pre-colonial era. We hope to create partnership building, and community engagement, to network, and share knowledge on the history of the Two-Spirit and nonbinary individuals, and to discuss the challenges of incorporating the issues that they are facing in Canada. The symposium seeks to raise awareness of the need to reconnect with pre-colonial ancestral knowledge where same-sex unions were common and gender diversity was important and integral to the communities and to disseminate the concept of cultural and gender safety in organizations
The gender symposium will cover an array of diverse styles of presentation, formal presentations of the conference, workshops, and informal talks.
Gender Symposium Objectives:
1. to create partnership building, community engagement, network, and sharing knowledge on the history of the Two-Spirit and nonbinary individuals and to discuss the challenges of incorporating the issues that they are facing in Canada
2. To reduce the stigma against 2SLGBTQQIA+individuals, education on the subject should be an essential component to educate, raise awareness, and share stories and ways to be better allies to 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples.
Gender Symposium Outcomes
● Increased levels of awareness and understanding of 2SLGBTQQIA+ history, including the multiple forms of oppression that they are living in the Canadian society, just for being a sexually diverse individual.
● Increased public awareness regarding the current understandings of Two-Spirit identity and how crucial Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer leaders are to movement of change.
● Reduced stigma against BIPOC persons in positions of decision making.
● Encouraged organizations and students to engage in the learning of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ history and realities, and stigma prevention.