Marie Laing

SOGI UBC Transformative Education Speaker Series Presents:

Marie Laing

Two-Spirit, Queer and Trans Indigenous Youth Change-making

December 1st, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm PST

Marie Laing is a queer writer, educator, and youth leader at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is Kanyen’kehá:ka (turtle clan), and her family comes from Six Nations of the Grand River, as well as Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa. She earned her M.A. from the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her first book, Urban Indigenous Youth Reframing Two-Spirit (Routledge, 2021), shares the findings of her master’s thesis research — a series of conversations with fellow two-spirit, queer and trans Indigenous young people in Toronto about the term two-spirit. Her teaching experiences range from running improvised theatre workshops for high school students, to providing equity and anti-oppression training to non-profits, to community-based initiatives bringing culturally relevant sexual health education to Indigenous youth.

Abstract: In this webinar, Marie Laing will share insights from her book Urban Indigenous Youth Reframing Two-Spirit, and reflections from her work with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Interrogating the links between education within and without the academy, this talk will address the complex theories of change at work in some of the various educational spaces inhabited by Indigenous youth on Turtle Island.

Please note, this is a virtual event and there will be live ASL interpretation.

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