Harlan Pruden | Two-Spirit Reconcilia(a)tion in Research: Culturally Accounting for & Affirming Two-Spirit People & Communities in Surveys

March 18, 2021 @ 12:00–1:00 pm


How can health research(ers) collect Two-Spirit data in a culturally safe and affirming way, in order to better promote rigorous science that considers biological sex and all genders (with a focus on Two-Spirit)? Harlan Pruden discusses how to expand our collective understanding(s) of health within a diversity framework that considers the way 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.

About Harlan

Harlan Pruden (nēhiyo/First Nations Cree Nation) works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is an Educator at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous public health program at BC Centre for Disease Control and is 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 experiences. Harlan is also Managing Editor of the 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 the 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).  Harlan also 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.