This working group will bring together LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer], Two-Spirit, and allied Očhéthi Šakówiŋ community members for a series of conversations about gender diversity in Očhéthi Šakówiŋ languages. The purpose of this working group is to identify how we can use Očhéthi Šakówiŋ languages in ways that are inclusive of our LGBTQ and Two-Spirit relatives and students. We will identify existing language for gender-diverse and sexuality-diverse Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people, and discuss how this language is currently being used in our communities.
Through this working group, we hope to empower LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language learners, and speakers with ways to refer to and understand themselves within the community. We also hope to support non-LGBTQ and non-Two Spirit Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language learners, teachers and speakers with the language to refer to their LGBTQ and Two-Spirit relatives and students in an affirming way. As facilitators, we do not claim to have the answers, but we want to ask the questions, and spark an ongoing conversation.
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