Thursday, August the 9th at 9am-10am
With simultaneous translation from English to French
My Queerness is Traditional
Prior to European contact, Two-Spirit people were pillars of strength in many Indigenous communities. In this keynote address, Gina Metallic will explore the traditional roles of Two-Spirit people, and walk through the experience & effects of colonization on sexuality and gender, from hundreds of years ago to today. The keynote will also highlight today’s acts of resurgence of Two-Spirit identity & reconciliation within and outside Indigenous communities
Gina Metallic is a Mi’gmaq Two-Spirit Feminist women from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec. She is a granddaughter, daughter, sister, auntie and wife. Gina obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Educational & Counselling Psychology at McGill University, and later obtained a Master of Social Work in Community Development from McGill. Her graduate work focused on Indigenous LGBTQ-Two Spirit identity development while utilizing her own ‘coming in’ journey, and exploring the intersectionality between being Queer, Indigenous and a hyper-feminine women. Gina has been a guest speaker on the topic of Two Spirit Issues and Indigenous Child Welfare practices for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau conference, the RCMP National Headquarters, 2017 Canada Pride, as well as Canadian colleges and universities and multiple Indigenous organizations and schools. Gina currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario and works in the non-profit Indigenous health sector. She is a Registered Social Worker through the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.