We at the UTM Women & Gender Equity Centre wish to acknowledge the land on which our office operates. For thousands of years this land was home to the Anishinabe, Attawandaron, Haudenosaunee, and Métis communities. We have a responsibility to respect this land and the people that walked on it before us. We have a duty to respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, and animals. We also have a responsibility to study and research Indigenous gender systems that have almost been eradicated by colonialist settlers.
The Two-spirit Identity
This short documentary titled Two Spirits, captures the life of Joey Criddle - a two-spirited and Indigenous LGBTQ+ community leader that was raised in Christian missionary school.
The two-spirit identity is one of the many components of Indigenous gender systems that was oppressed by colonialist settlers. Today, two-spirit people, like Joey Criddle, fight alongside other LGBTQ+ First Nations people and allies to reduce discrimination against non-heterosexual identities.
Support Your Local Indigenous Communities
The following features are some local artists and organizations that you can donate to and purchase from