Teddy Syrette

Teddy Syrette

Thunder Bay, Ontario
Two-Spirit Advocate | Mental Health Expert | Indigenous Professional of the Year Award Winner
Teddy Syrette (Ozhawa Anung Kwe/Yellow Star Woman) is a 2-Spirit and First Nation Anishnabe and Mental Health Expert from Rankin Reserve of Batchewana. Teddy Syrette has received numerous awards for work in advocacy including the Mark S. Bonham Award for Sexuality, Planned Parenthood Toronto LGBTQ+ Person of the Year, Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Peace Medal and the Best Indigenous Person of the Year award.
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Teddy Syrette (Ozhawa Anung Kwe/Yellow Star Woman) is a 2-Spirit Anishnabe from Rankin Reserve of Batchewana First Nation of the Anishnabek. Teddy has a background in social justice for First Nation and 2-Spirit and LGBTQ+ people and communities. Their background also includes community theatre and bingo. Teddy has a Diploma in Social Service Work – Indigenous Specialization from Sault College. Teddy Syrette uses they/them as their pronouns. As a brown, First Nation queer person, there were many barriers and challenges that Teddy faced growing up on Rankin Reserve and Sault Ste. Marie. These acts of discrimination and bullying led Teddy Syrette to a path of self-destruction and isolation. However, they did manage to find support from a high school guidance counsellor, an LGBT+ youth group of Algoma and affirming family and friends.

This didn’t stop  Teddy Syrett from experiencing different forms of addiction, and mental illness and ultimately dropping out of high school several times. At a young age, Teddy showed a creative imagination, brought on by their love of reading, writing and television and film. Not knowing what being First Nation entirely meant, Teddy did understand they were different after developing a crush on Zach Morris, from the television show Saved by the Bell. Teddy would become involved in theatre in elementary school, musical theatre in their later teen years, and then Indigenous and community theatre in their 20s.

While studying Indigenous theatre and storytelling at Debajehmujig Storytellers in Manitowaning ON, on Manitoulin Island, Teddy Syrette discovered that his grandmother was a residential school survivor from St. Joseph Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. Teddy also discovered that his uncle and aunt also attended residential school, but unfortunately, Teddy’s aunt would die of tuberculous at residential school. This would set Teddy on a healing journey for their mental health and addiction. Teddy is now 4 years sober from alcohol. Their fondness for news and media, shifted their journey in their mid-twenties, from being performing artists to social justice and social advocacy.

At 24, they dropped out of theatre school in Manitoulin Island and returned to Sault Ste. Marie enrolled and graduated from the Sault College Social Service Worker – Indigenous Specialization program. Teddy Syrette would then get involved with an LGBTQ+ youth committee with the former Provincial Advocates Office of Ontario, and assist with revamping the Sault Pride movement in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Teddy Syrette has received the following awards for their work in advocacy, which include the Mark S. Bonham Award for Sexuality, Planned Parenthood Toronto LGBTQ+ Person of the Year, and the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Peace Medal, the Community Driven Award for Leadership and the Grade 8 Graduate Award for Geography and History. Teddy currently lives back in Sault Ste. Marie, their home territory of Baawaating with their pug Hortus.

Recently, Teddy Syrette was awarded the Best Indigenous Person of the Year award sponsored by Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. This award is presented to Teddy Syrette for making an impact in the Indigenous, Metis and Sault Ste. Marie communities.



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Teddy Syrette Topic Presentations

a journey in rainbow moccasins

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • My coming out story as a 2Spirit and Indigenous queer person in small-town Sault Ste. Marie, On and living on Rankin Reserve of Batchewana First Nation.

2 spirit/queer-trans indigenous people - identities & experiences

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • A shared conversation about what mental health means to us, how mental health impacts 2SLGBTQ+ communities and how we practice self care and reduce harm while coping with mental wellness.

mental health & 2slgbtq+ communities

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • A shared conversation about what mental health means to us, how mental health impacts 2SLGBTQ+ communities and how we practice self care and reduce harm while coping with mental wellness.

2spirit and gender diversity inclusion

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This workshop provides resources and information when it comes learning to understanding 2-Spirit and gender diverse experiences and histories.


I have had the privilege of hearing Teddy speak on a number of occasions, most recently at our 2021 national conference when she spoke on the impact of colonialism on 2Spirit and queer-trans Indigenous people. Teddy is a highly knowledgeable and passionate storyteller, and I would recommend him without reservation.


Board of Directors

Teddy Syrette brings together storytelling and knowledge sharing in their facilitation approach, creating an engaging space for learning. They offer impactful experiences for learners through their critical, forward-thinking analysis, and lots of humour, too. Teddy has significant experience working with audiences of all backgrounds, and has contributed meaningfully to increasing awareness within and across communities in relation to the experiences of two spirit, queer and trans people in Indigenous communities. Teddy helps individuals involved in organizations and programs of all kinds to better understand ways of supporting two spirit, Indigenous queer and trans community members, while...

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing

Former instructor Community Economic and Social Development
Algoma University

Over the past five years, Teddy has spoken numerous times in the SHAE program in Hamilton. In each and every one of these times, he has left an impression on Indigenous youth and has made them feel welcomed and engaged and ready to work in order to make the community better. He educates with both grace and humour and engages all of the audience in understanding 2SLGTBTQ+ challenges but also their beautiful realities. For a group of young people to say “when is he coming back?” means to me that he’s ignited in them a spark to not only learn more but that they had fun while doing it.

Jerica Danielle

Secondary Teacher
Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

I have had the pleasure working with Teddy many times over the past several years for conferences on Indigenous Health and Wellness. As a keynote speaker, workshop presenter and MC (Mistress of Ceremonies). They have a stage presence, energy and accountabilty to the work contracted for. Some words that come to mind on their work; real, honest, and hard hitting. They have the ability to read the room while covering some uncomfortable truths and harder topics by adding in humor or a moment for participants to digest the information and closing in a good way. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Teddy and I highly recommend them and the work they do.

Lisa Jackson

Teddy facilitated a workshop for several high school classes at my school. He was engaging and informed. He taught the students a lot of new things about intersecting identities and how that can impact individuals. The students enjoyed his workshop and learned a lot from him. Their reflection and growth was visible.

Rebecca Millicent

Collingwood, Ontario

Teddy Syrette has been an incredible resource to us at Planned Parenthood Toronto, providing training for staff and for many groups of our volunteers on Two Spirit identities and gender sexuality diversity in Indigenous experiences and histories. In recognition of their advocacy and community building for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities, we were delighted to honour Teddy with a PPT Choice Award in 2019.

Cheryl Dobinson

Interm Executive Director
Planned Parenthood, Toronto

Articles & Media

Teddy Syrette chosen to receive peace prize


Rankin-raised Theodore Syrette will receive the 2018 Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Peace Medal on Friday, Nov. 30, city councillors learned Monday. Syrette will be recognized as "a fierce advocate for both the rights of indigenous people and 2SLGBTQ+," Joel Rowswell, chair of the local YMCA board of...

Black Lives Matter - Sudbury

Katlyn Kotila

Let Me Be Perfectly Queer The Northern Queer Experience

Ontario Child Advocate


Episode 4 - YRU - Interview with Teddy Syrette


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