Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Aboriginal Lecture Series | Two-Spirit and Indigenous Transgender Stories
FREE, no registration required!
When: Wed, March 9, 2016. 7:00 PM
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Indigenous Research Institute and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples
"Two-Spirit and Indigenous Transgender Stories and Photos of Safety, Belonging and Wellbeing”
Presented by Cindy Holmes, Bon Fabian, Elizabeth James, Sandy Lambert and Chase Willier
This presentation will discuss emerging themes from Two-Spirit and Indigenous transgender co-researchers in a community-based participatory research project about safety, well-being, belonging and place in the lives of transgender, Two-Spirit and gender nonconforming people in Vancouver BC. This research project is being developed and conducted in collaboration with transgender, Two-Spirit and gender nonconforming community members to address community health concerns and strategies for action. The study uses Photovoice, a participatory action research approach that combines photography, storytelling and social action.
Cindy Holmes is a white, queer, cisgender researcher who was raised on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron people in Ontario. Her research explores intersections between violence, social inequities, health and place. It is grounded in over 20 years work in community health and social justice movements. She is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Bon Fabian is a proud Two-Spirit living in Vancouver, who runs Two-Spirit sweat lodges and is called to provide spiritual support for Aboriginal people who are sick in hospitals.
Elizabeth “Raven” James is a Native American Two-Spirit post-operative transsexual who has worked with the Trans PULSE Project, Taking Care of Business and the Sharp Access Project. She is a published author with Emerald Insight and the Canadian Scholars’ Press. She is a tough warrior who is a 3rd degree Midiwinn teacher.
Sandy Lambert is a Two-Spirit man who has been involved in the HIV/AIDS and Indigenous health movements for the past 10 years. This has included meaningful work as a Community Research Associate with many projects throughout British Columbia.
Chase Willier (Nirkwuscin) is a Two-Spirit Cree (nehiyaw) transman from Sucker Creek and Saddle Lake First Nations in Alberta. He spent most of his service in the RCMP working with Aboriginal peoples and was traditionally adopted by the Syilx Nation while working in their territory. Since retirement, he has been actively involved in numerous initiatives in the trans community.
Upcoming Events in this Series:
Related to this series: A recording of the 2015 Lecture Series on Aboriginal Issues
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