Two-Spirit health and wellness

First Person Radio: Apr 13: ALBERT MCLEOD: Two-Spirit AIDS Advocate-AUDIO UP

On-air date: 
Wed, 04/13/2011

Albert McLeod is a fifth generation descendent of the Cree and Scottish families who worked in the Hudson Bay Company fur trade from 1832 to 1980. He was raised in Cormorant and The Pas in northern Manitoba during the 1960s and 70s.

Albert was one of the founders of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force where he was employed as the Program Manager from 1991-2001; and was also one of founders the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network in 1997. He has over twenty years experience as a human rights advocate and is one of the founding directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.

Albert is a free-lance educator specializing in Aboriginal cultural reclamation, textile art and community development. He is currently the Community Development Coordinator for the 595 Prevention Team (info) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Canada's Gay/Lesbian News Service, XTRA, published a lengthy article on Albert McLeod's life pursuits.

First Person Radio's LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK and RICHARD LaFORTUNE (with Andy Driscoll) talk with Albert McLeod about the issues and future of Two-Spirited Natives, especially those confronting the ravages of AIDS and HIV.

53:49 minutes (24.64 MB)

First Person Radio: Feb 9: DR. KARINA WALTERS: On Two-Spirit Health - Audio Below

On-air date: 
Wed, 02/09/2011

First Person Radio hosts Richard LaFortune and Andy Driscoll talk with Karina L. Walters, Associate Professor and William P. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Walters founded and directs the University-wide, interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI). Her research focuses on historical, social, and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

One example of her work is the HONOR Project – a nationwide health survey that examines the impact of historical trauma, discrimination, and other stressors on the health and wellness of Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirited men and women.

Dr. Walters has received multiple awards in recognition of her contribution to Native health research and in 2008 Dr. Walters was selected by Curve magazine as one of the top 20 lesbian academics in the world. She was also a Fulbright recipient and Honorary Visiting Scholar at Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga National Institute for Research Excellence in Maori Development and Advancement at the University of Auckland, NZ.

53:06 minutes (24.31 MB)