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INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES

Every Story Should Be Told

Part of the decolonization process is the reclamation of traditional understandings of gender and gender roles for Indigenous communities in Canada. By exposing students to the Indigenous Two-Spirit identities, we provide an alternative to the traditional European gender story with its binary systems. We hope that this will lead students to new ways of comprehending gender and how it impacts interpersonal relationships, as well as grapple with the concept of gender expression using an Indigenous point of view. Furthermore, students will learn through and replicate the use of oral storytelling, a traditional Indigenous practice for transmitting knowledge.  This will create a more authentic learning experience and increase students understanding of Indigenous culture.