“LAND OF THE CEDAR: TWO-SPIRITS, ONE CIRCLE”
23RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TWO-SPIRIT GATHERING
JULY 27, 28, 29, & 30TH, 2011
LOCATION: GAMBIER ISLAND, BC
HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL TWO-SPIRIT GATHERING
The hosting of the 1st Annual International Two Spirit Gatherings began in 1988, in Minnesota, when a local group of Native American gay and lesbian community members in Minneapolis saw the need to launch a cultural revitalization movement. It was agreed that having alcohol and drug-free gatherings from that point forward would ensure the continuity of the movement and the building of healthy communities and relationships. The world-wide HIV pandemic had also reached the Two Spirit community at that time galvanizing many local activists to become involved in the HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention movement.
The Minneapolis gathering was organized with the support of allies such as the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council, and the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department, along with community businesses and private donors. For the past 22 years annual gatherings have continued to be supported by various levels of government, Aboriginal organizations, foundations and private donations. There is also a component of regional and local fundraising and in-kind support for this event. This year’s Gathering will be hosted in British Columbia on Gambier Island. The Gathering is anticipating approximately 150 participants throughout the four days..