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Indigenous Speaker Series – Queer Indigenous Panel Discussion

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Graphic stating the Indigenous Queer Panel Discussion takes place on June 11, beginning at 1:00pm.

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In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the Indigenous Education department at College of the Rockies presents a Queer Indigenous Panel Discussion with guests Smokii Sumac and Cherie Luke, moderated by Dana Wesley, Executive Director Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation. Please join us in-person at the Cranbrook Campus Lecture Theatre or virtually via Zoom. June 11th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

An in-person reception will be held afterwards from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at yaqakiǂ ʔit̓qawxaxamki (Place Where People Gather) with light refreshments and drumming by Numa Kakin’.

These events are free to attend and open to the public but we do ask that you pre-register to help us manage numbers. Register online for free!

Presenter Bios

Smokii Sumac

Smokii Sumac (they/he) is a Ktunaxa two spirit and trans poet, PhD Candidate, podcast host, and emerging playwright. Smokii’s research for his Indigenous Studies PhD centres on the question how do we come home?; as adoptees, as two-spirit people, and as Indigenous people more broadly. The ʔasqanaki Podcast, which Smokii hosts, focuses on why Indigenous representations matter, featuring a range of Indigenous guest musicians and writers including G.R. Gritt and Tenille Campbell. Most recently, he has been working on his first play Seven and One Heart with the National Queer and Trans playwriting unit, and he is proud to be a member of the xaȼqanaǂ ʔitkiniǂ project where he supports conversations around gender and sexual diversity throughout the research process, as the team asks the question qapsin kiʔin ʔakaǂxuniyam? What would a healthy community look like?

Inismi/Cherie Luke