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Mobilizing 2SLGBTQ+ History through Artivism in Canada

April 1, 2024 — 

The mural aims to address the need for greater public knowledge about 2SLGBTQ+ history in Canada. The project will illustrate and mobilize knowledge on 2SLGBTQ+ social and legal history, accompanied by a compendium of facilitator lesson plans and educational resources.

Led by Dr. Robert Mizzi, Canada Research Chair and associate professor in the Faculty of Education, the initiative titled “Mobilizing 2SLGBTQ+ History through Artivism” aims to bridge the gap between past and present activism. Partnering with community members, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Rainbow Resource Centre and Two Spirit Manitoba, the project will present new educational opportunities.

The mural created by Patrick Hunt, a two-spirit, Ojibwe painter, graphic designer and award-winning entrepreneur from Red Lake, Ontario will represent diverse narratives of 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada, including Indigenous Two-Spirit histories with settler LGBTQ experiences. This approach acknowledges the intersectionality in 2SLGBTQ+ identities.

Through art and education, the project looks to illuminate the past and build a more inclusive society.

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