Towards building a more responsible, equitable, and safer campus.
We at the UTM Women & Gender Equity Centre wish to acknowledge the land on which our office operates. For thousands of years this land was home to the Anishinabe, Attawandaron, Haudenosaunee, and Métis communities. We have a responsibility to respect this land and the people that walked on it before us. We have a duty to respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, and animals. We also have a responsibility to study and research Indigenous gender systems that have almost been eradicated by colonialist settlers.
Beginning in the late 15th century, European settlers broke their promise of peace and friendship with the Indigenous people residing on Turtle Island through unfair trades, abuse of the land, and the genocide of Indigenous people and their culture. Instead of restating an outdated land acknowledgement, we strive to make UTM more accessible to Indigenous folks and promote meaningful ways to learn about and give back to Indigenous communities.
The Two-spirit identity
This short documentary titled Two Spirits, captures the life of Joey Criddle-a two-spirited and Indigenous LGBTQ+ community leader that was raised in Christian missionary school.
The two-spirit identity is one of the many components of indigenous gender systems that was oppressed by colonialist settlers. Today, two-spirit people, like Joey Criddle, fight alongside other LGBTQ+ First Nations people and allies to reduce discrimination against non-heterosexual identities.