The $99,600 grant will go towards developing a plan to engage with and provide recommendations to address the Calls for Justice in the National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as it relates to two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual plus (2SLGBTQQIA+) people.

“The province is proud to announce this funding to bring hope and healing to the survivors and families of missing and murdered two-spirit people. We will soon present Alberta’s larger response to the National Inquiry’s Final Report on MMIWG2S+ people.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

Financial support will complement the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society’s work towards creating a future where gender-diverse people are fully recognized, respected and included.

“Government of Alberta funding for the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society to create a ‘Provincial Missing & Murdered Two Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Queer and Trans Indigenous Relative Justice and Wellness Plan and Response Team’ is a commitment to integrate 2S people, experience, barriers, and late relatives when addressing violence.”

Quetzala Carson, interim executive director, Edmonton 2 Spirit Society

Quick facts

  • Two-spirit people are individuals or roles used within some Indigenous communities to encompass cultural, spiritual, sexual and gender identity. Not all people who hold these diverse identities may self-identify as 2SLGBTQQIA+.
  • This grant for the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society is part of $1.5 million in grants provided at the end of the 2021-22 fiscal year. The $1.5 million includes funding for employment initiatives that are for Indigenous women but not specific to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).