Keynotes

 

Gregory Scofield

Gregory Scofield

Biography

Title: You Can Always Count on an Anthropologist to Set You Straight, Crooked or Somewhere In between

Description:
This keynote address looks at the idea of "Two-Spiritedness" from a 
Cree/Metis perspective, and from that of the author's personal and spiritual 
connections/disconnections to the word two-spirit itself. Furthermore, the 
author explores the contemporary labelling of gay, lesbian and transgendered Aboriginal people, delving into the politics of self and communal identification. This keynote address attempts, in a humorous and thoughtful way, to further contribute to the dialogue about personal, sexual and political forms of labelling in the Aboriginal community. 

 

 

 


Jessica Danforth

Jessica Danforth

Oneida Indian Reservation, Wisconsin, United States

Biography

Title: Two Spirit Youth Kick Ass! Indigenous Activism and Organizing in Sexuality, Gender Fabulousness, and Beyond

Description:
"Two-Spirit". More than a word or a label, "Two Spirit" is a movement, a form of resistance, and is also in reclamation - because there are more understandings of Indigenous sexualities than just "Two Spirit" alone. This talk will discuss the legacy of Two Spirit activism and organizing, from the fabulousness of the Elders and Grandparents who have blazed the trail to the youth who are kicking ass now to keep it alive for the next 7 generations.

 

 


Chrystos SmithChrystos Smith

Biography

Title: Springing from Earth

Description:
I speak from the heart rather than a pre-written speech. I will talk about my personal experience as a Two-Spirit, including histories of organizing such as GAI and the Gatherings. I also will speak about education First Nations to abandon Christian-induced homophobia and reinstating our traditional roles in our Nations. I will also speak to whatever issues that are current in your communities, if someone will be so kind as to tell me what they are.

 

 

 


Craig WomackCraig Womack

Biography

Title: Celebrating Our Gifts

Description:
The presentation challenges both on naming our strengths and challenging the homophobia in Indian country.

 

 

 

 

 

 


James MakokisJames Makokis

BSc, MHSc, MD Indigenous Family Medicine
Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Title: Two-spirits and Ayihkwe: Making our way back into the circle

Description:
This talk will focus on James' journey to discovering what it is to be a two-spirited nehiyaw (Cree) male and exploration of the term "ayihkwe." He will draw on aspects of traditional nehiyawak governance structures and teachings of Natural Law to challenge the current state of homophobia that exist as remnants of colonial oppression.