April 6th, 2023 – Supporting our Two Spirit Friends and Relatives: The importance of allyship in healing

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) in collaboration with UBC Learning Circle will be hosting a conversation about the importance of cultivating safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ people for healing. We will be centering our shift as a society to consciously make space for our people who are frequently forgotten about in healing spaces. This conversation is to be held with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ Community as well as folks who have been working with IRSSS to center these experiences. We will highlight IRSSS’s first ever grief and loss workshop held in Vancouver for 2SLGBTQ+ Survivors intergenerational survivors.

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This session’s video is now available for viewing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Our events aim to embody a safe space for everyone of all different backgrounds to have their opinions and voices equally heard

Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2023 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am

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About the Presenters:


Jordie Johnson (Moderator)
Jordie Sxoxomic Johnson is of Secwepemc Ancestry from Esk’etemc First Nation and an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system. Jordie rejoined the Indian Residential School Survivor Society in 2022 and leads both communications, and community engagement strategies.

Jordie graduated with a bachelor’s degree with a focus in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, as well, a diploma with a focus in Sports Management from Thompson Rivers University.

For more than ten years, Jordie has been serving First Nations and Indigenous people in health care and healing.


Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is from Nanoose First Nations, part of the Vancouver Island families, with family roots throughout Coast Salish territories along Ditidaht to Nuu-chah-nulth nations.  Jeremy is the Manager for Trauma Informed Care for the Vancouver Coastal region.

Jeremy has an academic background in chemical addictions from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology where he learned the Indigenous modalities in healing.  Jeremy has a history of working in sexual health within Indigenous communities both in local and National levels.

As a queer Indigenous male, Jeremy brings a blend of passion to the work in supporting and advocating for gay men’s health and the 2SLGBTQI+ movement, as well as lived experiences that can be shared in the work.

Jeremy was raised with the traditional knowledge from his village and surrounding nations.  Moving forward, Jeremy looks forward to providing educational moments for people to understand the history of 2SLGBTQI+ First Nations people.


Stephanie Pennier

Stephanie is from the Kunn Laanaas Clan and works in Gaw Tlagee – Old Masset Village on Haida Gwaii. Stephanie describes herself as a mother first and foremost, which may be why in her counselling practice she specializes in Women’s Wellness & Healing, the Family Unit, Parenting Programing, Perinatal Support and Postpartum Depression. She also has expertise in Addiction & Treatment Management and Advocacy within the healthcare system.

Stephanie integrates knowledge gained from extensive education & training in her field and draws upon her personal and professional experience to provide quality care for her clients. Some of her training and credentials include: Soul Retrieval Trauma Recovery, Self Regulation Therapy, Indigenous Tools For Living training, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy, Crisis Intervention Stress Management training, a Permanent Certificate as a Saskatchewan Newstart Model Life Skills Coach & Group Facilitator, Chemical Addictions Advanced Diploma at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies Specializing in Addiction from the University of the Fraser Valley. She has volunteered with Young Mom’s Programming, which involved sharing experiences related to parenthood and life as a mother.


  • Qumity – Website
  • Crisis Center ; phone & chat support in mainly in the Vancouver Coastal Health area: Vancouver, Sea to Sky Region, Sunshine Coast, and throughout BC – Website
  • IRSHDC – Podcasts
  • “Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village” Workshop ; A collaborative share of history in a non-blame/non-shame angle. A really beautiful experience and a good resource for allies to explore – Website

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