As Vancouver approaches Pride 2021, an Indigiqueer author will help people learn more about what it means to have two spirits, and about culture and colonization, in an online talk presented today by a Vancouver queer health organization.

Joshua Whitehead, who has two spirits and is a member of the Oji-nêhiyaw of the Peguis First Nation (Tract 1), is a professor and academic at the University of Calgary.

His novelJonny Appleseed(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018) was selected for the Giller Award; shortlisted for Indigenous Voices Award, Governor General’s Literary Award, Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; won the Lambda Literary Prize for Gay Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Prize for Fiction; and was named the book every Canadian should read in CBC’s Canada Reads 2021.

Whitehead is also the author of the poetry collection.full metal indigiqueer(Talonbooks, 2017), and is the editor of the anthologyLove after the end: a speculative fiction anthology of two spirits and indigiqueer. He is currently working on his third manuscript entitledMaking love with the earth.

At Two-Spirit of Pride, presented by Health Initiative for Men (HIM), Whitehead will speak at 6:30 pm on Zoom today (July 15) about his experiences as a two-spirit individual, overcoming challenges, reclaiming his identity, and the importance of storytelling and healing.

Assistance is free or by donation and more information is available at the HIM website.

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