Panel Event: Healing and Reclaiming Two-Spirited Identity


  • Lorne Olson, Filmmaker
  • Levi Alizaar Foy (Manidoo-gwiiwizens), Executive Director, Sunshine House
  • Barbara Bruce, O.M., President, All My Relations Inc; Associate of AMR Planning & Consulting
  • Dr. Myra Laramee, Indigenous Elder
  • Dr. Elaine Mordoch
  • Moderated by Bradley C West. CPHR. SHRM-SCP. CCP.PMC (name as pronoun)

Prior to colonization, First Nation’s peoples did not try to fit their societies into binaries of male and female for gender nor for sexuality. Those peoples who did not fit into these roles were given room to live, express themselves, and contribute to the community in a good way. Two-Spirited people were celebrated and given important responsibilities such as teaching, healing, and leading.

Dr. Elaine Mordoch will present research findings on behalf of their research team to lead us into the panel discussion. Then, our panelists we will go on to unpack the Two-Spirited identity prior to contact, discuss how colonization has impacted Two-Spirited ways of being in today’s culture and we will then discuss how these communities are reclaiming culture and space today. There will be an opportunity for you to ask panelists a question.

Once in the event landing page, please click on the register button as shown below to sign up for this event. After registration, you will receive a calendar invite to add to your schedule, with a link to join the meeting on June 10th.

This panel is presented in partnership with the RRC Students Association.


Learn more about the panelists here.