For more details about this event please see here: https://www.musqueam.bc.ca/pride2023/
June was Pride Month, and National Indigenous History month! Here are some resources to explore, both at X̱wi7x̱wa and online.
Check out our Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Research Guide. Research guides are tools created by librarians to help you begin the process of researching a topic. They have links to relevant books, articles websites and media. We also have a PDF list of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer materials in the branch that you can peruse here.
oteh nîkân is a brand-new magazine of LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writing, founded by Billy-Ray Belcourt, with assistant editors jaye simpson and Brandi Bird. You can follow the magazine on Twitter here. Belcourt writes, “The magazine’s name is oteh nîkân, a Cree phrase my mosum translates to “in the near future.” …writing and publishing are activities that are situated in the near future (work is always to-come) and because it gestures to the ways LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous writers practice and theorize modes of living that seek to make the near future more livable, that seek to remake the world into one we can inhabit fully and beautifully. oteh nîkân serves as a digital space to house these kinds of rebellious imaginings.” You can read Arielle Twist’s Untitled on the site now.
Transforming Embers society’s mission is to “maintain Coast Salish 2Spirit wellness on our ancestral lands and waters, and to strengthen relationships with urban Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ relatives through teachings of respect, shared responsibility, and transformation.” In Fall 2023, Transforming Embers is hosting a Coastal 2Spirit/Indigequeer Symposium – stay on top of the symposium and other events they host here.
47,000 Beads – by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha, illustrated by Holly McGillis.
Looking for a book to read with kids? Peyton is Lakota, and she loves to dance at powwow – but wearing a dress just doesn’t feel right. Her auntie Eyota helps her find the right regalia, with the help of the whole community. Peyton meets L, who helps guide her on her Two-Spirit path.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) – Two Spirit Resources
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network is “a grassroots network of indigenous youth and intergenerational relatives that works across issues around reproductive health, rights and justice.” NYSHN has created a Two Spirit Resource Directory, and more recently, You Are Made of Medicine: A Two-Spirit Mental Health Peer Support Manual.
Check out X̱wi7x̱wa’s copy of Love After the End, edited by Joshua Whitehead. This fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers, who show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through utopian narratives. This book details the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism’s histories.