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Episode 6: Reconciliation In The Two-Spirited Community

On this episode, we speak with some of the strongest voic­es in Manitoba’s Two-Spir­it com­mu­ni­ty. We pose the ques­tion — has rec­on­cil­i­a­tion hap­pened with­in the LGBQTT plus com­mu­ni­ty? Has it hap­pened specif­i­cal­ly with­in the lives of these Two spir­it people? 

The episode clos­es with Road Salt” a track from supreme­ly tal­ent­ed author, artist, poet and singer-song­writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’ss most recent album f(l)ight. Be sure to check out more of Leanne’s music at lean​nes​imp​son​.band​camp​.com.

Our open­ing and clos­ing theme music comes to us cour­tesy of Boogey The Beat — check out more of his bril­liant work atsound​cloud​.com/​b​o​o​g​e​y​t​h​ebeat. The inter­sti­tial music is cour­tesy of Bloom — you can hear more of their songs at bloom14​.band​camp​.com.

Mino­gondaa­gan, was pro­duced on Treaty One ter­ri­to­ry, the orig­i­nal lands of the Anishi­naabeg, Nehiyawak, Oji-Cree, Dako­ta, and Dene peo­ples, and the home­land of the Métis nation. 

We would like to thank the Com­mu­ni­ty Radio Fund Of Cana­da, the Uni­ver­si­ty Of Manitoba’s Office Of Indige­nous Engage­ment, the Nation­al Cen­tre For Truth & Rec­on­cil­li­a­tion, the Uni­ver­si­ty Of Man­i­to­ba Student’s Union and UMFM 101.5 for their sup­port in the pro­duc­tion of this series.

Guests

  • Albert McLeod

    Our first guest is Albert McLeod, a Two-Spirit elder and educator from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over twenty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal cultural reclamation, decolonization, and cross-cultural training.

  • Levi Foy

    Our second guest is Levi Foy, also known under the drag persona Prairie Sky. He has been the Program Coordinator for Like That at Sunshine House since 2014. Foy is a two-spirit member of the Couchiching First Nation, raised on Treaty Two territory and formally educated in Winnipeg and Guelph, ON. Levi has lived in Mexico for three years, spent two adult years working in his community, and has worked in Winnipeg at the Main Street Project, Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre, and most recently was voted one of the Top Forty under 40 by CBC Manitoba.

  • Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie

    Our third guest is Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, an Anishinaabe Two-Spirit from Sagkeeng First Nation, who graduated from the University Of Winnipeg with a BA in Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Sadie-Phoenix was formerly was the Co-President of the UW Aboriginal Student Council, an Aboriginal Student Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students MB, and the Vice-President of External Affairs for the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. Sadie-Phoenix is currently the National Executive Representative of the Circle of First Nations, Mètis and Inuit Students, and has worked on numerous on student led initiatives including the Indigenous Course Requirement and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.