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Living Legacies: Two-Spirit Stories - Writing Resistance

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CSI Regent Park

585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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**All workshops are solely for Indigenous community members (unless stated otherwise). **

////\\\\ About The Workshops ////\\\\
Resistance and the Indigenous self – finding our resistant voice through a series of workshops

All too often, we are separated from resistance and history and how it effects our everyday living. How does our history impact us today? What did the ancestors do in terms of resistance? Can we be resistant through our writing? This series of workshops will examine the history of our ancestors and how they resisted through writing. We will look at writers from a 2 spirited (trans/gay/lesbian/queer) perspective along with other Indigenous writers. Then we will explore our own resistance and how that plays out. Participants will be encouraged to take a participatory role and learn from each other skills in writing and storytelling. Participants at the end will have a clearer idea of what history has taught us, who the resistant writers were and how they can continue the dialogue in resistance writing.

1) Learn the history of Indigenous resistance and 2 spirited Indigenous resistance – who/what/where/when
2) Writing from a resistance place – what does that look like?
3) Learning more resistance through storytelling and poetry
4) Writing our own resistance through creative writing

Workshop dates:
June 6 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 13 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 4- 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 11 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

////\\\\ About The Facilitators ////\\\\
Nicole Tanguay (Bedoske) is of Cree and French decent and is a poet, playwright, and musician, writing for over thirty years. A recipient of the National Scholarship to University of Toronto where they studied Indigenous studies and English. Their work is included in Miscegenation Blues: Voices of Mixed Race Women, Black Coffee Poet (youtube), Weird Writing Issue, Whose Streets, Yellow Medicine Review and The Colour of Resistance. Nicole has also been the recipient of two OAC Writers Reserve grants, and was on the submission committee through Women’s Press in the early 90s. Nicole taught an eight week writing course at Toronto Women’s Book Store in 2002. They were also part of the University of Toronto’s Library Reading Series, and in the same year Tanguay’s play, Hand to Hand, was read live during the Weesageechak Begins To Dance. Nicole has read alongside Maria Campbell, Simon Ortiz, Nancy Cooper, Connie Fife and other prominent writers. Nicole is an auntie and mentor to homeless Aboriginal youth, offering guidance through traditional knowledge of being two-spirited.

Zephyr McKenna is a two spirit genderqueer artist living on Mississauga, Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, and Huron-Wendat territories. Ze’s Anishnaabe/Lenape from Munsee Delaware Nation, and ze’s wolf clan. Ze explores themes of identity, indigenous experience, and mental health through a variety of mediums. Zir work consists primarily of illustrations and zines, but ze uses anything from block printing to dance to tell zir stories.

////\\\\ About The Project ////\\\\
Living Legacies: Two-Spirit Stories is an art-based workshop series that centres the stories of Two-Spirit communities in Tkaronto. We are creating safer space that reflects who we are, where we are coming from and how we relate to this vibrant city. Come develop an idea, feeling, story or something else, to share with others if you choose. This project will leave a legacy showing the abundant, textured and nuanced lives of Indigenous LGBTQQAI and/or Two-Spirit people to our families, friends and community members that lives beyond this current moment.


////\\\\ Accessibility Information ////\\\\ *ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
If you have any *specific* accessibility requests, please email: 2spiritskillshare@gmail.com

>>Scent and Perfume Free
All workshop and performance attendees are asked to not wear scented perfumes, colognes or other products due to allergies of facilitators and community members to these. If you need access to unscented products, please contact us at least two days before the event(s) you’ll be attending so that we can supply other options.

>>Indigenous Sign Languages and/or American Sign Language Interpretation
We do have a small budget for disability and deaf accommodations, though are committed to making sure community members are prioritized who would like to attend any and all events. If you would like to attend and need someone to interpret, please contact us as soon as possible to set this up.

>>Active Listeners, Medicines and Helpers
If you find that you need some support in order to attend, or to stay at an event you’ve come out for, we will have some options available. As with all other accommodations, we are open to having conversations to figure out how best to meet your needs.


This project is funded by the Toronto Arts Council Animating Historic Sites Grant in partnership with the Spadina Museum.

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