These days, Fairy Creek is a lot quieter than it was in the summer, when hundreds of people gathered to protect the ancient forests. They had erected several camps, where people who weren’t in the bush slept, hung around, and divided the cooking and washing up. They even traded goods—a cigarette for some candy, for example.
“Two Spirit people of all nations will have the answer to saving this planet.”
But colonialism, through residential and day schools, and the Christianity they imposed on Indigenous peoples, stifled diverse Indigenous gender expression, temporarily pushing Indigenous cultures—and Two Spirit people—underground.
“I really feel the ancestors cheering me on.”