"What you risk reveals what you value." Jeanette Winterson

Two Spirit & Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation with LGBT & Allies Conference

October 20-22, 2017

I’ve been working with co-chairs Drs. Chantal Fiola and Sharanpal Ruprai on the conference planning committee for C2C.

“C2C: Two-Spirit & Queer People of Colour: A Call to Conversation with LGBT & Allies” is a conference hosted by the University of Winnipeg (UW) in partnership with Two-Spirit People of Manitoba and QTPOC Winnipeg.

The conference is open to leading and emerging 2S people, QPOC, LGBT, and ally scholars, students, and community members. See the full schedule online.

C2C is a plenary conference, organized around five main panel conversations with leading and emerging 2S people and QPOC. The conference will foreground 2S and QPOC realities and focus on intersections between these communities. C2C intends to bring together leading national and international 2S and QPOC scholars, and LGBTQ and cisgender heterosexual allies to engage in conversations that highlight where our communities intersect, what efforts are needed to reconcile our relationships, and celebration of our gifts and achievements.

Community consultation is central to C2C, and through our conversations we seek to identify key directions and re-directions for future research and activisim in solidarity with 2S, QPOC, and LGBTQ refugees. C2C is an invitation to dialogue with community members about how to address the damage of the past where possible; and how to achieve better, more coalitionary community relations moving forward at the many intersections of systems of gender, sexuality, race, religion, spirituality, and culture. The three-day think-tank will focus on the themes of history, origin, and resurgence; family; education; institutions; and creative practice. Each theme will involve a panel conversation followed by small group breakout discussions. C2C will conclude with a final plenary discussion of key learnings and recommendations that will guide the organizers in drafting a summit report charting our collective recommendations for research and scholarship in support of 2S/QPOC communities.