CGSHE Speaker Series: Harlan Pruden, “Two-Spirit Reconcilia(a)tion in Research: Culturally Accounting for & Affirming Two-Spirit People and Communities in Surveys”
March 18, 2021 @ 12:00–1:00 pm
Harlan Pruden (nēhiyo/First Nations Cree Nation), works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Harlan is an Educator at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous public health program at BC Centre for Disease Control and is also a co-founder of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab, North America’s first research group/lab that exclusively focuses on Two-Spirit people, communities and/or experiences.
Harlan is also the Managing Editor of the TwoSpiritJournal.com and an Advisory Member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health. Before relocating to Vancouver in 2015, Harlan was co-founder and a Director of NYC community based organization, the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and was a President Obama appointee to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was (happily) fired/dismissed from PACHA by Mr. Trump via Fedex.)
Two-Spirit Reconcilia(a)tion in Research: Culturally Accounting for & Affirming Two-Spirit People and Communities in Surveys
This session examines how to collect Two-Spirit data in a culturally safe and affirming way, so health research(ers) are given the opportunity to better promote rigorous science that considers biological sex and all genders (with a focus on Two-Spirit) in an effort to expand our collective understanding(s) of health within a diversity framework that considers how determinants such as ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, migration status, age and geography interact with sex and/or gender. By bringing these considerations into focus, we can better formulate health research, policies and programs that are relevant, respectful and mindful to Two-Spirit people and communities.