As an addition to the online resources, the Two Spirit Inclusion campaign also offers a speaker’s bureau, which is composed of Two Spirit activists and educators across Ontario, with the hopes of expanding the bureau to reach across Canada in the campaign’s future. These speakers come from various lived experiences and are able to provide more information on Two Spirit roles from a personal lens. If you would like to book one of the speakers to present for your school, agency, office, or event, please contact them directly. If no one is available in your area, contact the campaign coordinator, Kole, who will try to put you in touch with someone who is available in your area. If you are a two spirit person who would like to learn how to facilitate workshops and join our bureau, please contact Kole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laureen Blu Waters – Greater Toronto Area
Laureen Blu Waters, Istchii Nikamoon (Earth Song), is Cree/Métis/Micmac – Wolf Clan and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario; her family is from Big River Saskatchewan, Star Blanket Reserve and Bra’dor Lake, Cape Breton Nova Scotia. She has been a Traditional Counselor for most of her life and is currently working at Seneca College, Ryerson University and UOIT as an Elder on Campus providing Traditional Teachings and One on One Counseling. Blu’s studies include landscaping, Horticulture, Herbal Medicine, and Traditional Medicines. Blu has served as the National Caucus Representative for the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy for 5 years working closely with the community of Toronto and the Government. Blu is a sun dancer and pipe carrier and her gifts include house cleansing, the giving of Traditional Spirit names, full moon ceremony conductor, workshop facilitator, hand drummer, and song writer. Blu is a mother of three and a Grandmother of three.
Email: email@example.com Phone: 416-535-2129
Sharp Dopler – Ottawa and Surrounding Area
Sharp Dopler has been an educator, community worker and activist for over 20 years. Sharp is originally from Newfoundland and is of Aniuyunwiya/Meskwakie/Ashkwakie and Irish descent. Living and working in the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people for almost 25 years, Sharp is honoured to call Ottawa home. Sharp has presented at various venues at the local, regional, provincial, national, and international level on topics including but not limited to: Cultural Competency, History of Indigenous People in Canada, Decolonisation, HIV/STI’s/Hep C, Healthy Sexuality, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Bullying. Sharp is honoured to be considered a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and carrier of Ceremony in the Ottawa community as well in other communities. Sharp is a drum carrier and singer as well as a community pipe carrier and sweat lodge conductor. Sharp uses this traditional knowledge and Indigenous ways of being in the world to inform how the work is done. We all have a place in the circle! Sharp excels at welcoming you to the circle and creating that sense of belonging which enables us to see the strengths in our difference.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 613-808-6971
Tunchai Redvers – Greater Toronto Area
Tunchai Redvers, known to Spirit as White Feather Woman, is a two-spirit Dene/Metis social justice warrior, writer and wanderer born from Denendeh roots in what is now Treaty 8, Northwest Territories. With a background in International Development Studies and Community/Global Engagement, she is currently working towards a Master of Indigenous Social Work and is the Co-Founder of We Matter, a national campaign and organization committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope, and life promotion. By the age of 24 she has been named one of MTV and WE Day’s Top 10 Drivers of Change in Canada, has been featured in a number of national media outlets, published in a number of works for her poetry and academic articles, and is the recipient of the Lawson Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award. Tunchai has delivered workshops, presentations, and keynote talks across Canada and beyond – from high schools to national panels to international conferences – on a range of topics not limited to: supporting Indigenous youth, the impacts of colonization on youth and communities, intergenerational trauma, challenging and recreating personal and public narratives, decolonizing non-profit work, reconciliation, two spiritedness, resistance, reclamation, finding and growth. Tunchai’s advocacy and writing actively works to indigenize identity, self-love and mental health, and normalize discussions around hardship, hope and healing.