2017 STA Convention
May 5, 2017
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Two-Spirit Reconciliation: (Re)Positioning BC’s Anti-Bullying SOGIE Policies

Many cultural traditions and practices of the peoples of Turtle Island have often been misrepresented or suppressed. The misrepresentation mainly occurred because the colonizers did not have a context to frame, understand and value these ways and the suppression, primarily, occurred because these ways went against the colonizer’s christian doctrine, a doctrine that righteously justify the subjugation of indigenous bodies and lands and was one of the underlying tenets of the residential/boarding schools. This especially holds true for indigenous notions and practices of sex, gender, gender-roles and sexuality. This presentation explores these concepts by featuring some of the sociohistorical documentation from a nation-specific standpoint while supplementing these records and narratives with deconstructed colonial accounts.

A brief overview is offered on how this burgeoning body of knowledge is used to (re)claim and restore respect, honor and dignity for today’s Two-Spirit individuals and communities as they navigate and negotiate Aboriginal and LGBTQI spaces, places and communities. Finally, a discussion is taken up on the (re)positioning of ‘Two-Spirit’ as this work and discussion(s) significantly differs from that of the (non-Native) LGBTQ movement(s) putting forth a critique of the ‘western’ framing of sex, gender, gender-roles, and sexuality; thus opening up a space that transcends and challenges the binary; thereby, creating a space to dream of a rich, complex and diverse world that acknowledges ‘other’ while honoring, celebrating and valuing the gifts and medicines the ‘other’ has to offer the boarder community in creating a sacred (and safe) place and space that calls everyone home.


Instructor


Harlan Pruden

After living in New York for 20 years, Harlan Pruden, First Nation Cree/n?hiyaw, now calls Vancouver home and is a Ph.D. student at UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and is also the Managing Editor of Two-SpiritJournal.com. Harlan also serves as a Two-Spirit consultant to US\' Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, BC Center for Disease Control\'s Chee Mamuk Program and the newly formed Trans* Care BC. In August 2014, Harlan was appointed to the United States\' Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS where he works to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. Harlan was serves on the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Closer to home, Harlan is a board member of Qmunity, the home for Vancouver\'s LGBT, Queer and Two-Spirit community.

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available