2 Spirit Elders Advisory Council
The purpose of the Society’s 2 Spirit Elders Advisory Council is to contribute to 2SiMS by recognizing and honouring contributions; sharing community and provide, as requested, traditional and spiritual support. The responsibilities of the 2 Spirit Elders Advisory Council is to:
- Act as an advisory council and carry forward the collective voices of the Elders to help provide guidance and ceremonial support for the Society and its members. The Elders Advisory Council is guided by the values of 2SiMS and the Vision and Mission Statements.
- Advise 2SiMS on issues concerning 2 Spirit people which relate to the mandate of 2SiMS and to provide guidance, recommendations, and advice to support SiMS work on a National level.
- Support 2SiMS in addressing concerns that might arise both internally and externally and make recommendations and assist in decisions.
Our current council is as follows
Blu Waters - Ontario
Ed Lavallee - Alberta
Ruby Dennis - British Columbia
Sheila Nyman - British Columbia
Marjorie Beaucage - Saskatchewan
Kenny Prosper - Nova Scotia
Marjorie Beaucage (she/elle) is Franco-Michif from Red River (Union Nationale des Metis [St Joseph, Manitoba]), and was born in Vassar, Manitoba, to a large Métis family. Marjorie is a 2 Spirit Métis Auntie, filmmaker, art-ivist and educator, land protector, and a water walker. Marjorie’s life’s work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations through creating art, music, writing. She is currently working on launching her book, 'Leave Some for the Birds: Movements for Justice' and getting ready for her third Water Walk for the Saskatchewan River. In her free time she is taking care of my garden and gathering berries and medicines, or assisting at several 2S camps and cultural camps for students at FNUC and SUNTEP throughout the summer.
Ruby-Marie Dennis (she/her) is a member of the Tl' azt' en Nation, in British Columbia. Ruby sits on the 2SiMS Elders Advisory Council, and works closely with the BC Regional 2S Organization, Four Feathers Society.