Kepmitelsi and Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance (W2SA) Host Mi’kmaw History Month Workshop

The Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance (W2SA) and Kepmitelsi/Pride Eskasoni hosted educational and cultural activities to celebrate Mi’kmaw History Month on November 23rd, 2020. The theme was to explore concepts of gender, sexuality, and sex as Two-Spirit. The activities targeted youth to share knowledge and L’nu perspectives about being 2SLGBTQIA+. The workshops were interactive to provide a safe space to chat, hang-out, and just to be yourself at the Seniors Centre in Eskasoni. Community volunteers offered to transport youth to attend the workshops.

The activity was co-organized by both organizations and funded by the Mi’kmaw History Month (MHM). It “promotes public awareness and celebration of Mi’kmaq culture and heritage amongst all Nova Scotians” by funding organizations to host educational workshops. It was the first time that W2SA hosted events to celebrate Mi’kmaw History Month with a Two-Spirit theme. W2SA looks forward to hosting the activity again next year and encourages Pride Eskasoni to apply for funding to promote more 2SLGBTQIA+ activities in the community.

Activities included:

Sharing Circle: What does it mean to be Two-Spirit/Indigenous LGBTQIA+?

Drag make-up demonstration by Geordy Marshall

Facemask Tie-Dyes by Madonna Doucette

Pizza Lunch sponsored by the Chief Allison Bernard Memorial High