Stories of Two-Spirit Indigenous LGBTQ+ Indian Residential and Day School Survivors

Participate in a project, funded through the “Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools Project” with Heritage Canada, that will offer an opportunity for Two-Spirit survivors to share their stories

About the Project

Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (IRS) caused irreparable harm to First Nations families across many generations. 2Spirit (Indigenous LGBTQ) people were among those impacted, however their stories have rarely been heard, documented, or shared in the general discourse about this era. Following the closure of the last IRS in Ft. Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, in 1996, there is a generation of 2Spirit former students who are available to engage in this project. The 2Spirit Council of Fierté Canada Pride will lead the engagement of 2Spirit survivors and assist and support them to tell their stories.

This project aims to recruit eight 2Spirit Indian Residential School Survivors (Story Tellers) to participate in a speaker series project in order to preserve and share their stories. Our Project Coordinator will work with Story Tellers and bring them through a series of storytelling workshops, and will support them in documenting and sharing their story through the project.

Project Team

Jennifer LaFontaine

Project Coordinator
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Jennifer LaFontiane (she/her) is Métis from Duck Lake Saskatchewan and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
jennifer@fiertecanadapride.org
www.communitystorystrategies.ca

Albert McLeod

Ashley Moreau

Visual Artist
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ashleymoreau84@gmail.com
Instagram: @Night_Hawk807

Ashley Moreau is a Two Spirited Metis Artist from Treaty 3, now living in Thunder Bay Ontario.

Advisory Committee

Brenda Mason

Advisory Committee
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Brenda M Mason/Imprint Hanging Standing Woman (she/her) is Oji-Cree from Sandy Lake and is of the Red Sucker-Fish Dodem (Clan).  She is a grandmother and lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Charlotte Nolin

Advisory Committee
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Charlotte Nolin (she/her) is Metis and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Connie Merasty

Advisory Committee
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Connie Merasty (she/her) lives in her traditional territory, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba.

Ed Lavallee

Advisory Committee
he/him

Ed LaVallee (he/him) is Metis from Sturgeon Lake and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Laurie McDonald

Advisory Committee
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Laurie Mcdonald (he/him) lives in his traditional territory, Enoch Cree First Nation, Alberta.

Tina Kinnee-Brown

Advisory Committee
she/her

Tina Kinnee-Brown (she/her) lives in Calgary, Alberta and is from the Sahtu region in Treaty 11 Dene Territory.

Jordy Ironstar

Advisory Committee
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Jordy Ironstar (he/him) is from Céga K’ina Nakoda Nation and lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Steve McCorrister

Advisory Committee
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Steve McCorrister (He/Him) is from Peguis First Nation, Manitoba and is living in Winnipeg.

Si vous avez des questions sur ce projet, veuillez nous contacter, en français, par courriel à l’adresse suivante: director@fiertecanadapride.org ou par téléphone à 1-833-311-0012

If you have any questions about this project, please contact our Project Coordinator, Jennifer, at jennifer@fiertecanadapride.org or reach us by phone at 1-833-311-0012.

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