In the Arctic, queer identities and issues are rarely discussed in public, especially in indigenous communities. Besides the common heteronormative discrimination in society, many indigenous queer individuals are ostracized in their communities and, as a result, relocate to more urban settings.

The workshop examines these experiences and practices from both an academic and activist perspective. It presents indigenous perspectives on queerness and interrogates assumptions of indigenous heteronormativity. The workshop consists of three sessions: an academic panel on queer indigenous studies, an activist panel on queer indigenous experiences and reflections, and a concluding academic-activist round table discussing the future prospects and challenges of queering indigeneity and the need for queer indigenous studies in the Arctic.


8:30 get together

9:00-10:30  Academic Panel
Chair: Gertrude Saxinger

Emerging visibility of Alaska Native LGBTQ(+) voices on the Internet
Maureen P. Hogan, Professor of Education and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Queering Indigeneity in Nordic Popular Culture: Media, Nature, Sexuality
Dr. Katariina Kyrölä, Lecturer, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University, FI

An archaeology of research in queer indigenous existences in Siberia
Dr. Stephan Dudeck, Senior Researcher University of Lapland, FI & European University at St. Petersburg, RF

Acknowledging existence as a necessity for reconciliation: Two spirit people, homelessness and access to services in urban centres in Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Ranjan Datta, and Ryan Jimmy, Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC), University of Saskatchewan, CAN

Queering Indigenous self-determination in the Arctic
Rauna Kuokkanen, Professor, Arctic Indigenous Politics, University of Lapland, FI

10:30-11:00     Coffee Break

11:00-12:30       Activism Panel
Chair: Rauna Kuokkanen

Teaching Two-Spirit: Decolonizing Gender Diversity Education
Kyle Shaughnessy, social worker and MSW student at Dalhousie University, CAN

Decolonizing Queerness – indigenous queer realities
Stina Roos, MA in Design from Uni Lapland, FI

Coming In: Cree cosmology, gender and sexual diversity
Alexandria Wilson, professor, Department of Educational Foundations and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, CAN

Possibilities and challenges working towards indigenous queer politics 
Mikkel Eskil Mikkelsen, Member of the Executive Council in the Sami Parliament in Norway

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:30 Panel discussion
Chair: Joachim Otto Habeck

Activism and Science: How can we cooperate? How can we learn from each other and push matters forward?
With: Alexandria Wilson, Mikkel Eskil Mikkelsen, Kyle Shaughnessy, Rauna Kuokkanen & Stina Roos


Outlook and joint discussion of future focuses of the IASSA Working Group Gender in the Arctic. Invitation to participate in the steering commitee.

15:00 Departure to Helsinki