Two-Spirit Youth Speak Out!

Topics: First Nations, Transgender, Indigenous Australians Pages: 35 (10414 words) Published: July 3, 2013
TWO-SPIRIT YOUTH SPEAK OUT!
Analysis of the Needs Assessment Tool

March 2004
Urban Native Youth Association 1640 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 www.unya.bc.ca / info@unya.bc.ca

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments……………………………….……………………………… Introduction……………………………………………………………………… Inter-generational Effects of the Residential School System on First Nations People………………………………………………………………….. Two-spirit History……………………………………………………………….. Analysis and Recommendations of the Needs Assessment Tool (NAT)…

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Summary…………………………..…………………..………………………… 18 Appendix A – The NAT………………………………………………………… 20

Appendix B – Full Results of NAT…………………..………………………… 22 Appendix C - Reference / Suggested Reading List………………………… 37

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This report is dedicated to all Two-spirit youth. May courage and strength help guide your journey. Special thanks goes out to the youth who participated in the survey. Your voice really does matter! Thanks to our project partners: The Centre and Youthquest! and the Population Health Fund of Health Canada whose funding and support made this report and project possible. Thanks to the Project Evaluator, Lee-Anne Ragan. Thank you to the Urban Native Youth Association for again, being the leader, and a home for Two-spirit youth. Last, but definitely, not least…the wonderful, fantastic Youth Advisory Committee. A great big thank you to the four youth that were there from start to finish: Blake, Chantell, Kelsey and A.J., and to the other eight who “rotated” in the fifth seat (you know who you are!). Well, this is your creation. Congratulations!

Report written by Gil Lerat, Research Coordinator Editing, graphs, and additional writing by Lynda Gray

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Two-spirit Youth Speak Out!

Introduction
The Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) is committed to providing, when possible, programs and services to help meet the needs of all Native youth. This includes ensuring all of our programs are welcoming, accessible, and respectful spaces for Two-spirit youth, and when possible providing specific programming for marginalized groups such as Twospirit or sexually exploited youth. UNYA offered a Two-spirit Youth Program & Counsellor for two years before the funding was discontinued. We have been unsuccessful in finding new funding, but continue to work on projects such as this and to advocate for others to be inclusive and accepting of all Two-spirit people. In 2002, the Urban Native Youth Association, The Centre and Youthquest! formed a partnership to carry out a project called Connecting With Pride. This two-year project consisted of three main activities. 1. To help four communities in rural areas of the province to develop safe spaces for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered /Transsexual, Two-spirit, Intersexed and Questioning youth. The four sites chosen were Prince George, Nanaimo, Trail and Kamloops. 2. To develop a skills building seminar that was to be presented to youth in Kamloops, B.C. on August 13th, 14th and 15th, 2003. Conference reports are available as a separate document. 3. The Urban Native Youth Association was to develop a survey instrument to help identify the current needs and issues concerning Two-spirit youth in British Columbia. In the fall of 2002, a five member Youth Advisory Committee was established to help aid in the development of the survey instrument. Through the Advisory Committee meetings and three strategically planned focus groups with diverse populations (sex trade, transgendered/transsexual and urban youth in Victoria), a survey instrument was created by the spring of 2003. This report is the result of the information gathered through the survey. It is intended as a resource for Two-spirit youth, as well as, for those who are in the helping profession and want to or are currently providing relevant and welcoming services to Two-spirit youth. The survey is attached as Appendix A. The full results of the survey are in graph form...
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