According to my sqilxw ways, personal introductions come before any other words. Wai, iskwis (my name is) Percy Lezard. I am outma sqilxw, and my relations are the Lezards in Sn’penkton, the Krugers (descended from Arrow lakes) and the Baptistes from Chopka. As part of my sqilxw cultural practice...
According to my sqilxw ways, personal introductions come before any other words. Wai, iskwis (my name is) Percy Lezard. I am outma sqilxw, and my relations are the Lezards in Sn’penkton, the Krugers (descended from Arrow lakes) and the Baptistes from Chopka. As part of my sqilxw cultural practice, I want to begin my introduction with an acknowledgement of my positionality and responsibilities, in an era across the Academic Industrial complex of race shifters and pretendians its important to identify "who I am, who are my people and who claims me." I am a survivor of the multi-generational impacts of the Indian Residential School system, have lived experiences of the Child Welfare System and am a survivor of what Raven Sinclair (2017) has reframed as the Indigenous Child Removal System in Canada, otherwise known as the “60’s Scoop.” I am a registered member of the Penticton Indian Band and my people, the sqilxw, have lived on the territory known as the Okanagan Valley since the beginning of people on those lands. My traditional territories stretch from Mica Creek, just north of modern-day Revelstoke, BC and east to Kootenay Lake, south to Washington state and west into the Nicola Valley. I continue to live as a guest on the lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples for the past twenty plus years and am responsible to upholding the Dish with One Spoon treaty in my nation-to-nation relations with the caretakers of these territories. I am a sqilxw member and a citizen under colonial Canada by via the Indian Act I have an Indigenous peoples and lands that claim me.
My research orientation is always towards community. It is my responsibility as an Indigenous researcher and Indigenous thinker to disrupt mainstream models of knowledge exraction. I work to re-center Indigenous ways of knowing and being and harness the existing strengths and leadership from Indigenous community members. As a result, I prioritize community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) over single-author papers, and always strive to involve myself in research that has tangible impacts. I have worked as a principle researcher and contributor on many CBPAR projects with social agencies that provide health and service support to Indigenous and 2LGBTQ communities.
The scope of my current research agenda includes First Nations, Metis, Inuit, 2 Spirit, trans, sex-worker, youth, Deaf/Hard of hearing and houseless communities. Research in these areas is increasingly salient, as resources within healthcare must be tailored to fit the unique needs of these communities by service providers.
2 Spirit Council works with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to impliment MMIWG2SLGBTTQQOA+ National Action Plan: Final Report WAGE grant of 394K for Transgender Health