Indigenous, 2-spirit couple from Alberta wins The Amazing Race Canada

September 11, 2019

Paola Loriggio: CBC News

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis hoped being the first Indigenous, two-spirit couple to compete on The Amazing Race Canada would give them a national platform to highlight issues close to their hearts.

Over weeks of intense challenges that saw them crisscross the country, the pair donned outfits meant to call attention to specific topics: handmade red skirts and a bandana for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, blue shirts emblazoned with "Water Is Life" to show the cultural and ceremonial importance of water.

Now that they've been crowned the winners, the married couple — who identify as two-spirit, a term used by some Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity — said they want to use their fame to continue fundraising for a cultural healing centre in Alberta's Kehewin Cree Nation.

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