September 30th marks the ‘National Day For Truth and Reconciliation in Canada’. The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Many view the day as an opportunity to also honour Indigenous people and culture and to continue to work towards a reconciliation process.
At It Gets Better Canada we work to empower and uplift 2SLGBTQ+ voices across Canada. Today we would like to highlight 5 Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ youth that you should be following.
Scott Wabano (They/He/She) is an award-winning Fashion Stylist, Designer, Creative Director, and Content Creator. As a Two Spirit Cree from the Mushkegowuk & Eeyou Istchee territories, Scott grew up with a strong admiration for traditional and mainstream fashion and a passion for bringing authentic Indigenous representation to the industry. Scott is also one of the co-founders of the non for profit organization, Two Spirits of Eeyou Istchee and was recently featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List for Toronto. Scott uses their voice and presence to advocate for Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ youth and remind them of the power of their identity, the power of their existence, and the power we all carry as individuals.
Hayley Robinson (She/They/He) is a Two Spirit content creator dedicated to making informative and relatable content highlighting their personal experiences being of both Plains Cree and Filipinx descent. Hayley Robinson is an encouraging voice on both Tiktok and Instagram that utilizes their platform to create a safe space for Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to show the beauty of reconnection with your heritage and community.
Nakeisha McDonald (She/Her) is a 23 year old Two Spirit jingle dress dancer of 17 years often going by her spirit name Strong Waterfall Woman. Living in Winnipeg she creates content highlighting Indigenous culture, language, and dance. She shares a variety of educational content for both 2SLGBTQ+ youth and allies looking to learn and celebrate Indigenous voices. You can find her series on “Cree words of the day”, jingle dress practices, and her numerous videos containing positive affirmations.
Kairyn Potts (He/Him) is a Two Spirit content creator that educates, explains, and highlights issues Indigenous 2SLGBTQ+ youth and the Indigenous communities face while still celebrating the beauty of Indigenous culture. Kairyn not only is active on TikTok but is also a Twitch streamer who is a co-founder of a digital Indigenous gaming community called Neechi Clan. Kairyn often takes time to explain terms in detail for better understanding and corrects ignorance in a way that allows people to learn to do better.
Skye Wilson (He/They) is a Gitxsan, Two-Spirit person from Kispiox who is a student, workshop facilitator, and social justice activist. Skye supports their communities through decolonial, anti-oppressive, inclusive workshops while centering on pleasure and community care. On his page, you can find tons of content documenting their daily life as a Two Spirit person like vlogs, GRWM videos, and videos highlighting the experiences of Indigenous youth in rural Canada. Check out their video with It Gets Better Canada and read their latest write-up Advocating Inclusive Healthcare in Rural communities.
Chimera: What it means to be Two Spirited during Pride Month and Indigenous people’s month
One of my first memories of June’s National Indigenous Peoples Month (previously known as National Aboriginal Month) was attending a pow-wow and round dance at