Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)
Scholarly Papers

Queering Collective Dreaming: Weaving Métis Futures of Belonging

Lydia Toorenburgh
University of Victoria
Holly Reid
University of British Columbia
A photograph of flower beadwork on a red fabric background.

Published 2023-09-29


  • Metis,
  • Identity,
  • 2SLGBTQ ,
  • Sash,
  • Indigiqueer,
  • Story,
  • two-spirit,
  • collective dreaming,
  • weaving
  • ...More

How to Cite

Toorenburgh , L., & Reid, H. (2023). Queering Collective Dreaming: Weaving Métis Futures of Belonging. Pawaatamihk: Journal of Métis Thinkers, 1(1), 73–96. https://doi.org/10.36939/pawaatamihk/vol1no1/art22


Using sash weaving as a metaphor, two queer Métis co-authors share their journeys of “coming in” to their identities over time. They articulate how absence of 2SLGBTQ+ Métis role models and representation earlier in life interfered with aligning their own felt and expressed identities and ability to envision a joyful, connected future. In their search for those with resonant experiences, they found strength in community and kin. As a result, 2SLGBTQ+ Métis people and allies are invited to join a collective dreaming process to revitalize our queer teachings, reclaim our place in community, and return to relationship with one another.