Born This Way


Born This Way LogoNovember 2 - 3, 2012
Campus St. Jean, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada

The University of Alberta is excited to make history by hosting the first Two Spirit conference held in Alberta. To our knowledge this is also the first conference of its kind to be hosted by a major research university in Canada. Building on the success of the 2011 AMIQAAQ conference, our 2012 conference theme is: Born This Way: Two Spirit Voices. This ground-breaking conference is supported through the Office of the Provost Vice President (Academic). Working in conjunction with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), Edmonton's Two Spirit Society, Exposure Committee, and many others we are able to provide an unprecedented opportunity to “break the silence” that has long surrounded sex, sexual and gender differences in our families, cultures, and communities.


At this conference participants will learn about Two Spirit individuals, cultures, and communities; interrogate hetero and gender normativity which often renders many sexual and gender minorities invisible and silent; share stories and experiences of community advocacy, struggle, healing, reconciliation, and knowledge building; and create new networks of support to transform our communities into spaces of hope and possibility for all to be welcomed and valued for their unique individual cultures and identities.

Registration is now available here.