We were pleased to work with Cree Two-Spirit community organizer, researcher and educator Harlan Pruden on Two-Spirit Reconcilation. This two-part event situated Two-Spirit people in Indigenous and colonial histories, looking at how we must work towards decolonizing Two-Spirit realities today.
Part 1 : Gender, Sexuality and Two-Spirit Lives
Harlan led us through a history of of Two-Spirit people from before Colonial contact, exploring individual, sexual, social, and community interconnectedness.
Part 2: Two-Spirit Reconcilia(c)tion in Reasearch
This session shared data featuring Two-Spirit voices on sexual health, identities, and service uptake. Discussion included approaches for optimizing community services to support Two-Spirit and Indigenous GBMSM in rural and urban settings.
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Presenter: Harlan Pruden
Harlan is the Managing Editor at Two-Spirit Journal and co-creator of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab, “Turtle Island’s first research group or lab that focuses exclusively on Two-Spirit people, communities, and experiences.” He is also the Indigenous Knowledge Translation Lead with Chee Mamuk, BC’s provincial Indigenous health program. Harlan will support learning on gender, sexuality and Two-Spirit histories and knowledge; plus introduce pathways for best and wise practices in service delivery. Harlan is a dynamic speaker who brings passion and humour to creating an allied community of our reconciliation work.
Take the Learning Further
These links provide more information on elements of our discussions.
For territorial acknowledgements, Native Land
Artist Kent Monkman, documenting Two-Spirit presence in history
Artist Margaret August, designer of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab logo
Honouring community leader Lillian Howard
Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van Laan
The Eagle’s Path by Michelle Corneau
A Two-Spirit Journey by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer
Questions? Contact [email protected]