C2C: Two-Spirit & QPOC Call to Conversation Conference @ The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg [from 20 to 22 October]

C2C: Two-Spirit & QPOC Call to Conversation Conference

20 - 22
09:00 - 17:00

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The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2R6
*** The deadline for proposals of papers, artist talks and poster presentations has been extended! Submissions are requested by August 21, 2017.

Follow this link for more information and to submit a proposal: uwinnipeg.ca/c2c/call-for-presentations.html

— This is a call to conversation. We are gathering scholars, community members, activists, artists, students, youth, and traditional knowledge holders to dialogue on the work being done in two-spirit (2S) and queer people of colour (QPOC) communities. We call on our communities and institutions to act in a spirit of reconciliation.

We are gathering for three days in October to discuss:

• Where our communities intersect
• What individual, institutional, and community efforts are needed to reconcile our relationships
• Relationship-building and coalition work occurring across our communities
• How we can celebrate our gifts and achievements
• How we can more deeply understand and enact the politics and practices of love in community

Winnipeg is located on Treaty 1 land and in the heartland of the Métis Nation. Winnipeg was the location of the 1990 “Third Annual Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations, Gay and Lesbian American Conference” where the term “two-spirit” was affirmed.

Given the current political landscape, both nationally and in the US (for example, the Canadian federal government’s identification of 2S issues as a priority area and their announcement that they will make an apology to the queer community for state oppression by the end of 2017; Black Lives Matter’s challenge to the whitewashing of LGBT Pride marches; the regressive social policy reforms underway in the US), we are at an important historical moment that presents both dangers and opportunities for our communities.

This conference therefore calls for critical dialogue between 2S and QPOC communities and with LGBT and cisgender heterosexual allies about how best to move forward.
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