Percy Lezard

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts Indigenous Studies Brantford, Ontario lezard@wlu.ca Office: (202) 120-0620 ext. 20

Bio/Research

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 from Arrow Lakes and the Baptistes from Chopka. As part of my sqilxw cultural practice...


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Bio/Research

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 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 the child of Valerie Lezard and Moses Baptiste.

My maternal grandparents are twi pl̓wic̓ia Elizabeth Lezard (Manual) naʔł twi stiʔulaʕxʷ Ernest Lezard.

My paternal grandparents are twiʔ Katherine Baptiste (Alec) naʔł twiʔ George Baptiste.

We are all full status members and registered members under the Indian Act to the Penticton Indian Band. As a registered member of the Penticton Indian Band 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 received my collaborative Ph.D. from OISE/UT in SJE and WGIS in 2021. I received my collabrative masters from University of Toronto in 2006. Before joining the Laurier community in 2020, I was an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at University of Manitoba.

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.

Projects

-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 centering BIPOC Trans affirming care.

-Culturally safe harm reduction for Indigenous Mental Health workers.

-2SLGBTQQIA+ community based research mentoring project


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akealy@wlu.ca
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Media Relations

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Communications and Media Relations Officer
akealy@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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