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C2C: Two Spirit & Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation with LGBTQ & Allies


"C2C: Two Spirit & Queer People of Colour Call to Conversation with LGBT & Allies" met from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, 2017 at The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba. For a full description of the schedule, please visit schedule.

Our intention was to create a supportive and positive conference environment. We wished to reduce potential barriers to participation so that the conference could be an inclusive space for conversation.


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"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 (http://www.twospiritmanitoba.ca/) and QTPOC Winnipeg (http://qpoc-international.com/about-2/). 

The conference is open to leading and emerging 2S people, QPOC, LGBT, and ally scholars, students, and community members throughout the conference October 20-22, 2017.

C2C was a plenary conference, organized around five main panel conversations with leading and emerging 2S people and QPOC.  The conference foregrounded 2S and QPOC realities and focused on intersections between these communities.  C2C brought together leading national and international 2S and QPOC scholars, and LGBTQ and cisgender heterosexual allies to engage in conversations that highlighted where our communities intersect, what efforts are needed to reconcile our relationships, and celebrated our gifts and achievements.

Community consultation was central to C2C, and through our conversations we tried to identify key directions and re-directions for future research and activisim in solidarity with 2S, QPOC, and LGBTQ refugees.  C2C was characterized by 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 focused on themes of history, origin, and resurgence; family; education; institutions; and creative practice. Each theme involved a panel conversation followed by small group breakout discussions.  C2C concluded with a final plenary discussion of key learnings and recommendations that helped guide the organizers in drafting a summit report charting our collective recommendations for research and scholarship in support of 2S/QPOC communities.

Contact C2C organizers, Dr. Chantal Fiola and Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai, at c2c@uwinnipeg.ca