Transgender Day of Visibility, commemorated since 2009 is a day of recognition, empowerment, and celebration of trans and gender diverse people. One way we can make our communities safer and increase the visibility of trans people is to share opportunities to learn about gender diversity.
For 2022, the Trans Care BC (TCBC) team is highlighting awareness and understanding of gender diverse Indigenous people by launching a new online course to PHSA stakeholders, called Indigenous Gender Diversity. The TCBC team is sharing the course with community stakeholders first for feedback on content before a more formal, public launch.
What you'll learn
This foundational course, developed in collaboration with gender diverse Indigenous and Two-Spirit community members, is for people working in health and social service settings to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills when improving service access for gender diverse Indigenous people across British Columbia. Like the Introduction to Gender Diversity course featured online previously, the module offers free access through PHSA's Learning Hub.
"The course's primary objective is to begin to address the intersection of anti-Indigenous racism and anti-trans bias in health and social service settings," says Lorraine Grieves (Two-Spirit, Métis), Provincial Program Director, Trans Care BC.
Video interviews are woven throughout the course to centre the lived experiences of gender diverse Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, reinforcing the importance of self-determination, relational teaching, and learning directly from community members. Opening and closing messages are provided by Two-Spirit Elder Sempulyan - Stuart Gonzales of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.
Trans Care BC recognizes all people and voices who helped develop this learning module. The community input and design, especially from Indigenous gender-diverse and Two-Spirit people, was key to making this learning tool available to a broader audience.
Course content continues to evolve, as feedback is received on the initial version and adjustments are made.
"We're currently in the process of adding additional interviews to increase diverse representation within the gender diverse Indigenous and Two-Spirit communities," notes Gwen Haworth, Education Lead, Trans Care BC.
How to enrol, send feedback
Based on your feedback and content updates, the course will launch publicly later in Spring 2022 and will continue to be available to all learners free of charge.
Trans Care BC is committed to ongoing improvements to the course based on community feedback, which can be submitted through the course evaluation or sent directly to email@example.com.