June 28, 2021 7:00 pm ET
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Prior to colonization, our communities viewed Two Spirited people as incredibly gifted and they often held revered positions in our societies. Two Spirited people were often our visionaries, Medicine People and were an integral part of our communities. Unfortunately, colonization disrupted that balance and significantly contributed to our people adopting homophobic mentalities. Today, many Two Spirited people and other Indigenous folks are working hard through education, traditional teachings and living by example to restore the balance that once existed in our communities.
This gathering is intended to provide attendees with some of the basic knowledge of and vocabulary for building relationships with and among Two Spirit people. This includes pronouns and the importance of respecting people’s pronouns at work and everyday life. We will also learn about the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
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Keith McCrady is the current Executive Director at 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations who dedicated much of his energy on education and public health initiatives that will support a strong two-spirit community. McCrady is also a proud Two Spirit, Anishnaabe and Cree father.