Through the Lens: “Helping Each Other” – A Talk About Two Spirit/Indigequeer Identity & Resurgence on Coast Salish Territories

This workshop will guide participants through basic understanding of the history of Two Spirit/Indigequeer as an identity, and briefly how these have been impacted by the colonial process. The session offers examples of Two Spirit/Indigequeer Resurgence locally, and also as part of the broader Two Spirit movement. through talk, arts, and film. Activities and local samples will explore land-based values and principles prioritized for local Two Spirit community development, and also ways that friends on these lands can be more inclusive, and supportive of Two Spirit/Indigequeer community members in future.

The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office is excited to present another Through the Lens series, a series of interactive workshops exploring how different identities intersect, navigate and experience UBC while offering practical ideas on creating a more inclusive campus.

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Led by experienced community leaders, Through the Lens aims to provoke meaningful conversations on issues of identity, diversity, equity and inclusion. Each workshop provides an opportunity to learn, connect and join a network of allies across campus through story-telling, statistics and other resources.

From the Musqueam and Qualicum Pentlatch Nations, Corrina Sparrow is an experienced and published Two Spirit scholar and helper. They have been a social worker, and leader with Indigenous communities for over twenty years, mainly focusing in the areas of cultural revitalization, child and family support programming, health and wellness, community safety, and community development. Corrina currently studies here at the UBC, working on a PhD in the Social Justice Institute. For this international doctoral work, they will explore Two Spirit/Indigequeer identities and resurgence on Coast Salish ancestral territories, and how land-based Indigenous knowledges inform Two Spirit identity, community development, and relationality. Corrina is a current SSHRC doctoral fellow, and a graduate sessional instructor of Indigenous Social Work at the University of Victoria. They are an Indigenous Advisory Committee member of the Indigenous Research Support Initiative here at UBC, and a member of the Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Inclusive Task Force with the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office. Corrina is also the elected Co-Chair and BC regional Board representative of the only national Two Spirit organization in Canada – which is named the 2 Spirits in Motion Society. They are one of the founding members of the Coast Salish Two Spirit Pride Collective here in Vancouver, and they continue to work within Coast Salish and UBC communities to advocate for Two Spirit wellbeing and safety, decolonizing policy and practice, and Indigenous cultural reclamation.