Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin

Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin is an Anishinaabe concept that asserts trans, two-spirit, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and queer Indigenous citizens are central to governance and nation building. It is an Indigenous legal concept that requires the elimination of transphobia, homophobia, cis-sexism, trans-misogyny, stigma, and violence against trans and gender diverse peoples from Indigenous communities. The concept includes an analysis of current Canadian legislations that protect gender identity and expression from discrimination and arts-based education around the requirements of Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin. To explore and define the concept memes are utilized to anchor the definitions and requirements. Memes are vital to understanding the concept and as a result any presentation will include memes.

Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin can be delivered as a presentation (preferred), workshop, and art panel / presentation. 

To date Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin has been presented at:

  • The arts of trans, gender diverse, & two-spirit lives, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, Montreal 2018 

  • Two Spirit and Racism Panel at the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Toronto 2018

  • Nogdawindamin Annual Child Welfare Conference, Toronto 2018

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Fallon Simard and JJ Levine Artist Panel 

The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Lives Conference at McGill University by the Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. 

Fallon presented on Zaagi'idiwin Inakinogewin that showcased educational memes about Indigenous trans identity and the importance of relationship building. 

Two Spirit & Racism Panel with Albert McLeod at the Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls