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Join us in celebrating Indigenous peoples, cultures, and knowledge with Karleen Delaurier-Lyle and Corrina Sparrow. We will discuss engaging and working with two-spirit communities, Elders, and community members from the territories of the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations and building community online.
Our thoughts are with the families and communities, the residential school survivors, and all who mourn the tragic discovery of 215 remains on the traditional lands of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, known as Kamloops, B.C. Should you need assistance, someone to talk to, counselling, or any support, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS).
Karleen Delaurier-Lyle (she/her/hers) (information services librarian, Xwi7xwa Library) is of Anishinabek and Cree mixed-settler ancestry and is a member of the Berens River First Nation. She was born and raised on the unceded, ancestral, traditional territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People. She received her BA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan in Indigenous studies and gender and women’s studies.
Corrina Sparrow (they/them) is from the Musqueam Nation and the Qualicum Nation of the Pentlatch People. They are an experienced and published two-spirit community-based researcher who have been a helper and leader with Indigenous communities for over 20 years, mainly focusing in the areas of cultural revitalization, child and family safety, land-based learning, health and wellness, community safety, and community development. Corrina is a current doctoral student in the Social Justice Institute at UBC; their land/community-based research will focus on two-spirit/Indigequeer identities and resurgence on international Coast Salish ancestral territories. Corrina is a current Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellow and a sessional instructor of Indigenous social work at the University of Victoria. They are an Indigenous Advisory Committee member of the Indigenous Research Support Initiative at UBC and a member of the Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Inclusive Task Force with the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office. Corrina is also the elected co-chair and B.C. regional board representative of the only national two-spirit organization in Canada — the 2 Spirits in Motion Society. They are one of the founding members of the Coast Salish Two Spirit Pride Collective in Vancouver, and they continue to work within Coast Salish and UBC communities to advocate for two-spirit well-being and safety, decolonizing policy and practice, wise practice, and Indigenous cultural reclamation.