The FCDC Indigenous Education Speaker Series and the WLC Mighty Pen series are proud to welcome storyteller and scholar, Joshua Whitehead, and writer, artist and activist, Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby for an online event and conversation.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 4:00PM – 5:30PM EST | Online via Zoom & OCADU LiVE broadcast.

Join us as multiple generations of Ojibwe-Cree Two-Spirit storytellers generously share their journeys and imagine a “walk into the future” of Indigenous and queer flourishings.

Joshua Whitehead will read from his myriad explorations of Indigiqueerness in the novel Jonny Appleseed and the anthology Love after the End: An Anthology of Two Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fictions and speak on literary voyeurism.

Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby, will share her story of being Two-Spirit and offer an opening prayer and closing for the event. Hosted by writer and educator, Phoebe Wang.


 ***Please note: Registration is capped at 100 attendees for the zoom webinar. You may watch the event live on OCADU LiVE if the zoom webinar reaches its max capacity.

 All are welcome! Faculty are encouraged to invite their classes to attend via OCADU LiVE.

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and one of the five contenders for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021. He is the winner of the Governor General”s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016 and a published poet with his debut poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017). He is also the editor of Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary”s English department.

Elder Ma-Nee Chacaby is an Ojibwe-Cree writer, artist and activist from Canada. She is well known for her memoir, A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder, an important account of her life. Ma-Nee is also a mentor, support, and advocate for Two Spirit communities across the country. She lives in Thunder Bay, one of the most dangerous places in Canada for Indigenous people. Here, she mentors many individuals and groups, including Wiindo Debwe Mosewin and Not One More Death, who work to make safety for all people in Thunder Bay. She is dedicated to mentoring young people, sharing Anishinaabe teachings and stories, and supporting access to ceremony for 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous peoples.

 The Indigenous Education Speaker Series is a public education series organized by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC).

The Mighty Pen Speaker Series is presented by the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC). It has been made possible by funding from the Ontario Post-Secondary Access and Inclusion Program (OPAIP).