About 2SLGBTQ+: Proud, Prepared, Protected

People who identify as Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ (2SLGBTQ+) are underserved by the healthcare system and often experience discrimination and other difficulties when accessing health services. Previously, there was a lack of accessible tools specifically tailored to the unique needs of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians facing advanced illness, frailty, caregiving, and grief. With funding from Health Canada, the Canadian Virtual Hospice engaged with the 2SLGBTQ+ community to address this gap with online tools developed by 2SLGBTQ+ for 2SLGBTQ+.

More than 40 Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, and related organizations actively engaged in this work despite the significant challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 75 individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ contributed, many of them in multiple roles — as team members, writers, reviewers, interviewees — to inform this work. A number of people chose to remain anonymous.

An additional 65 community members participated in "Die-alogue" focus groups hosted by the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg; Fondation Émergence in Montreal; Caregivers Nova Scotia in Halifax; and the West End Seniors’ Network in Vancouver. These products were inspired by the research of Drs. Katherine Kortes-Miller, Arne Stinchcombe, and Kim Wilson; and by Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva and her book LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice. The 2SLGBTQ+ Canadian Healthcare Bill of Rights for Advanced Illness, Frailty and End of Life (2SLBGTQ+ Bill of Rights) was informed by the work of CenterLink and Dr. Corey Prachniak-Rincón. We are grateful for their support.

Development team

Kathy Kortes-Miller, PhD - Team Lead
ON

Austin Bernier, BA (Hons)
MB

Roberta Bishop
MB

Angus Campbell
NS

Susan Cadell, PhD
ON

Ellie Caslake
NS

Marg Cooke
BC

Clare Freeman, CYW, BA, MSW, RSW
ON

Christopher Little-Gagne
ON

Elder Albert McLeod
MB

Ashley Smith, PhD, MSW
ON

Arne Stinchcombe, PhD, MSW
ON

Aimee Taylor
BC

Kim Wilson, PhD
ON

Keri-Lyn Durant
ON

Contributors

Alana Armstrong
BC

Richard Beringer, DSocSci.
BC

Jazzlyn Braddock
BC

Heather Brenneman
SK

Linda Burgess
ON

Robert Butler
MB

Tracy Cunningham
ON

Jessy Dame, RN (c), MSN (in progress), BScN

Melissa Gray
ON

Richard Jenkins
Two-Spirit In Motion, AB

Kathy Jones
ON

Anthony Kupferschmidt, MA, CPG, CDP
West End Seniors' Network, BC

Emmet Lamache
Enchante, AB

Karen LeHay
AB

Allan Morrison
Club 200, MB

Glen Murray
MB

Michael Payne
9 Circles Community Health Centre, MB

Corey Prachniak-Ricón, JD, MPH

Larry Retzlaff
SK

Julien Rougerie
Foundation Emergence, QC

Leanna Seetahal, LLB

Dr. J. R. (Dick) M. Smith, MD, DS FCFP
MB

Jade Sol
BC

Morgan Stirling
MB

Mike Tutthill, BA, MEd
MB

* 3 people who participated in telephone interviews and who preferred to remain anonymous

Video interviewees

Kimberley Acquaviva

Alana Armstrong

Mono Brown

Ellie Caslake

Katherine Kortes-Miller, PhD

Nathalie Légaré

Christopher Little-Gagné

Heather McCain

Albert McLeod

Julien Rougerie

Jade Sol

Aimee Taylor

Meet the Interviewees

Sharing

We encourage organizations to share these documents widely by adding a link on their websites, and printing and distributing materials, including in their newsletters and presentations. Please ensure that you acknowledge Canadian Virtual Hospice and Health Canada. To organize a webinar on 2SLGBTQ+–inclusive care or related topics, email info@virtualhospice.ca.

Cobranding

Organizations wishing to customize the Proud, Prepared, and Protected tools by adding their logo to the front can contact info@virtualhospice.ca.