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2 Spirit

we want to thank the 2 Spirit Cacucus for all their hard work and dedication to this resource work.

Mission Statement


To inspire Two Spirit voices and vision and promote the presence and process of Two Spirit leaders within the pride movement.




  1. Promote and support Two Spirit, IndigiQueer, gay, lesbian, non-binary, gender non-conforming, trans and all other queer Indigenous individuals;

  2. Understanding and educating the wider community that Two Spirit individuals do not fit into colonial boxes or categorization of gender or sexual orientation. It is very individual;

  3. Understanding and educating the wider community that the term Two Spirit is an umbrella term that was coined in the 1990s to distinguish Indigenous queer individuals from non-Indigenous queer individuals. It speaks to more than the gender or sexual orientation of those individuals. Two Spirit also refers to the spiritual roles and responsibilities that queer individuals have had in our communities since time immemorial, i.e. adoptive parents, medicine people, warriors, leaders, etc.;

  4. Recognize that transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, etc. are rooted in colonialism; 

  5. Recognize the relevancy and importance of social movements, such as but not limited to, LandBack, Money Back, Matriarchy Back, Language Back, Ceremony Back, Culture Back;

  6. Uplift the voices of marginalized individuals - including but not limited to: ableism, cissexism, classism, colonialism, Islamophobia, racism, sizeism, whorephobia, and/or xenophobia;

  7. Develop and promote shared resources for member organizations.

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A Two-Spirit Journey

The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

Ma-Nee Chacaby (Author), Mary Louisa Plummer (Author)

A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.

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Additional Resources

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Dec 3, 2020

A video created by RMYC youth during the summer employment opportunity to share the stories of young Two Spirit/LGBTQ+ Indigenous Youth.


The Two-Spirit & LGBTQ+ Mentor provides support, resources, programming, and support such as sharing circles or one on ones to those who identify as Two-Spirit or LGBTQIA+. The 2S/LGBTQ+ Mentor is available to children, youth, and adults who need help or support. The Mentor can provide information sessions for parents/guardians/relations or to those who want to learn more, as well as education and resources for non-indigenous/non-LGBTQIA+ individuals to help create a safer environment and community.

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