Atticus Courtoreille

pronouns: they, them, theirs

Atticus Courtoreille joined the Yúusnewas team in Sept 2018 as the two spirit educator!

Atticus is a two spirit nêhiyawak from so called treaty 6 territory and anishinaabeg from so called treaty 8 territory. They migrated to the beauitful unceded lands of the coast salish, and thankful this land kept them alive to help decolonize. Former youth in care, former homeless youth, they have always lived in an urban setting; recently they have connected with the land, people, and culture. And is learning and growing in their cultural role as two spirit. They are a land defender, water protector, an advocate, survivor, and a parent to a toddler. Atticus is very passionate about decolonization, 2spirit community, harm reduction and peer support/education.

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!