Two-Spirit Reconciliation

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 Research

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.


Please complete EVALUATION so we may learn how best to support your work.

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.

Harlan Pruden @HarlanPruden or [email protected]


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

Two-Spirit Journal

Two-Spirit Dry Lab

Artist Margaret August, designer of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab logo

Sex Now Survey

Who and What is Two-Spirit CHIR’s Meet the Methods Series – Issue 2

Drivers of Sexual Health Knowledge for Two-Spirit, Gay, Bi and/or Indigenous Men Who Have Sex with Men (gbMSM)

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]