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WARREN AND OSEMIS ISBISTER-BEAR

HUSBANDS ON THE TWO-SPIRIT POW WOW COMMITTEE

Warren

When I came out to my immediate family, they were good, but there is a lineage of ministers in my extended family. Two of my aunts and uncles are Anglican ministers and they are all staunchly religious.

Osemis was raised the traditional way, whereas my family was Anglicised during colonisation. Getting back to those concepts of our traditions has been a huge learning curve for me.

I was first exposed to traditional First Nations culture and teachings when I moved to Saskatoon in 2000. I used to work at Wanuskewin Heritage Park where I had to learn about First Nations culture so I could teach it to people from all over the world who visited the park. I am continuing to try to decolonise myself by practising sweats [a purification ceremony].

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