Changing societal norms, long standing worldviews and unacceptable actions does not happen through isolated activities.  Create a classroom or school wide plan to ensure that learning is ongoing, actions and activities happen throughout the year and that learning happens at every grade level. 

Consider making Moose Hide Day an annual event in your school. Your Moose Hide Day will be a great way to honour and celebrate the actions for change that have happened over the year and to commit to next steps in the year to come.

Some Moose Hide Campaign events could include:

  • Walks to end violence
  • Fasting ceremonies in high schools OR fathers fasting for the women and children in their lives in elementary schools (Read more about fasting here.)
  • Ceremonies to honour women and children in the traditional ways of the people of the territory
  • Ceremonies to honour men who are walking the path of honour in their value for, and treatment of women and children.

Send us a new story, video, newsletter or other communication about your Moose Hide Day activities each year highlighting the good work being done in your school.

Two-spirit teen


Two-spirit banner

To understand the use of the term two spirit we first need to understand gender.

Gender identity and sex assigned at birth are two different things and it is important to know that gender is how you feel about yourself and your identity.

Sex assigned at birth is simply the sex assignment given at birth. Watch this quick video for an intro about gender identities.

gender identity qr-code

Watch this video for an intro about gender identities by using the QR Code

Geo Neptune qr-code

Let's find out what being two spirited means from Geo Neptune, a two spirit person using the QR code.


Can non-Indigenous people identify as two spirit?

No.

Two spirit is an Indigenous term rooted in Indigenous traditions and culture.

It embodies more than a gender identity but also a spiritual significance and can only be used by Indigenous people.

male female sign and computer

Many cultures around the world had multiple genders. Through colonization many cultures were forced to accept two genders: male and female.

We invite you to do to a research project to explore some of the other cultures around the world that have multiple or different gender identities.

Use the interactive map and select a point that you would like to research, and then provide your findings on the research page attached.

Once completed, e-mail us the research as a PDF for a chance to win a prize pack!

education@moosehidecampaign.ca


What is the name of the gender identity?

What is the culture where this gender identity exists?

What is the geographic location of the this culture?

Does this culture still celebrate/accept this gender identity? Why or why not?

Is there a specific role or traits that are tied to this gender identity?

Prior to colonization, two spirit people were held in high regard and were considered sacred. Colonialism taught the opposite; that different was wrong and there were only two genders. What are some ways that society can change the future so that people of all gender identities can live without fear and judgement?