The impact of colonization has been long-lasting; suppressing Two-Spirit traditions and roles, and leaving generations of Two-Spirit people coping with multiple layers of discrimination and stigma. Two-Spirit youth are particularly at risk. Some find themselves shut out of community gatherings; disowned or ostracized from their families and communities. Two-Spirit students are often targeted and maltreated as members of both a sexual and visible minority. Two-Spirit youth may feel unsafe and unwelcome at school. Teachers and school administrators can play an invaluable role in addressing and alleviating some of these issues.
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