Richard’s story is Story Number 100 in the Queer Story Archive.
Who would have thought onmyplanet.ca would see Story Number 100?
But here we are. I’m so proud.
Richard is a Cree, Metis with full status. Over his life Richard has struggled with a number of issues; bigotry, racism, and the lack of recognition of Two Spirit People within his culture just to name a few. Richard talks about his response to this discrimination, and his role in a cultural knowledge transfer process, focusing on the cultural history of Two Spirit People.
Richard’s story is one in a series recorded at World Pride in Toronto, Ontario in 2014. Heart felt thanks go to the sponsors of this series: www.medianetvictoria.org in Victoria, BC, www.trinitysquarevideo.com in Toronto and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies – Lynch History Grant. Special thanks to Milada Kovacova at Trinity.
We keep putting together the bits of Queer her/his/hirstory and all those bits keep teaching us all a little bit more about our communities.
On this auspicious occasion, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have shared your story – to those who have told your stories and are still waiting for them to be posted, and to those who are waiting patiently to share your stories in the future – Onmyplanet.ca is nothing without you.
Thank you also to all of you for continuing to watch the stories and for continuing to support the site through your donations and by being members of onmyplanet.ca.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at The University of Toronto for honouring The Queer Story Archive at onmyplanet.ca with The Lynch History Grant this year. We are forever grateful and with this grant we will continue to post the stories collected in Toronto over World Pride in June of 2014.
A big thank you also goes out to our unfaltering sponsor, MediaNet in Victoria, BC, for providing equipment and support in an ongoing way since onmyplanet.ca began in 2011.
Special Thanks goes out to all the sponsors and groups that have helped us in countless ways with donations, travel expenses, accommodations, a space to record in, snacks and refreshments for the video afternoons, helping us find storytellers, by inviting us to their conferences, and by supporting and promoting the project to their local communities:
Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society, UVic Pride, The Transgender Archive at University of Victoria, in Victoria BC, Yukon Queer Film Alliance, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Qmunity, Vancouver, BC Trinity Square Video, in Toronto, Ontario, Paved Arts, and The Avenue Community Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Here’s to the next 100 stories!!
Krin reveals her life long career in feminist lesbian work – as a counselor in education and later in social services, she has pioneered a number of milestones for the LGBTQI movements. Krin along with her partner of 35 years, was among the first wave of lesbian mothers in the 80s. She was also one of the first to begin to educate police officers in the Toronto area on LGBTQI issues. Thank you Krin for all your contributions and advancements.
This video is the first in a series recorded at World Pride in Toronto in 2014. Heart felt thanks go to the sponsors of this series: Media Net in Victoria and Trinity Square Video in Toronto and The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Lynch History Grant. Special thanks to Milada Kovacova at Trinity.
Madi talks about her long history in LGTBQ health care initiatives.
Madi’s’s story s one of a series from the Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society (VLSCS) Coffee Talk group, shot with the generous sponsorship of VLSCS and an anonymous donor. The purpose of the VLSCS is to support lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build community through public education and social action. www.VLSCS.ca
Christine, a high school Vice Principal, talks about her experience as an ally and her continued support for LGBTQ youth within the school system. Thank you Christine for your continued efforts.
Christine’s story video is part of a series of videos from Whitehorse, YT that were facilitated by the Yukon Queer Film Alliance with the generous support of Arts Fund Yukon. YQFA is responsible for OUT North, the first queer film festival north of 60.
Lauren wrote the following article for Voice Magazine which is published by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, about her experiences as an out lesbian elementary school teacher and has graciously allowed us to post it here. Thank you Lauren – Keep up the good work!
Click on the thumbnail images to read article.
Captain is a GenderQueer person who has done educational and therapeutic work in the queer community for many years. Captain was one of the original organizers of the social/support group, Creating Connections, which was the inspiration for onmyplanet.ca. More recently, Captain is a Somatic Sex Educator, Anti-Violence Worker, and poet. They can be found at: captainsnowdon.ca
Thank-you Captain for all that you do.