PRIDE LUNCH & LEARN: TWO-SPIRIT
In this session, learn about what it means to be Two-Spirit & about the impact of colonization on Indigenous gender & sexuality.
This year's panelists are Sal Hill & Matt Antone.
Hear directly from members of London’s Two-Spirit community & learn about ways that LGBT2Q+ people can support in the path to reconciliation.
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Sal Hill is a Two-Spirit activist and artist who is dedicated and passionate about advocating for LGBT2Q+ and understanding. Sal grew up on the Oneida Nation of the Thames settlement located outside of London, after graduating from Thames Valley’s School within a College where he went on to attend Fanshawe's Fine Arts program. Sal has worked with Pride London as well as the Thames Valley District School Board on several events, with a focus on building community with Two-Spirit youth as well as mental health & wellness. Sal continues to take an active role on the education about Two-Spirit issues, history, as well as the complexity of gender and sexual identity amongst Indigenous communities.
Boozhoo! waabigwaaniikaa mitose ndiznikaz mizheeke ndoodaym onya’ta’aka minawa deshkan ziibi ndoonjabaa..waabigwaaniikaa: he walks among flowers. I’m turtle clan, from Oneida Nation of Thames & Chippewa Nation of The Thames.
I'm a proud traditional 2-Spirited person who has found happiness in attending ceremonies that connect me to my healing & identity as an Indigenous person.
I know that due to attempts , colonization and Christian & European influences have discredited and tried to eliminate our 3rd gender, but for Indigenous Peoples, being 2Spirited was honoured and held in high regard. I look forward to the day when the majority of society holds this same view as well. I feel it is my responsibility to share with others what I know from my own experiences to help in whatever way I can.
I grew up in Oneida and now live in London. I work as a Community Care Worker at Atlohsa Family Healing Services. I'm honoured to work with London's most at risk individuals. I feel as a Native person I have a lot to offer in this position as 30% of London's homeless population is Indigenous. I feel a real sense of reciprocity in my work, as many people have helped me out in order for me to get to where I am today, and my job allows me to give help to others that need it as well. In my spare time (outside of physical distancing) I enjoy travelling to ceremonies and having the opportunity to learn more about my culture. Every time I go to the Lodge I learn something new. I also enjoy travelling and going to the movies with my partner.