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T’áncháy Redvers [she/they] is a Dene/Métis two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, creator, facilitator, and multidisciplinary performer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. With a BA in International Development Studies, Certificate in Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship, and a Master of Indigenous Social Work, she has been nationally and internationally recognized for her work and advocacy, featured in the likes of the Toronto Star, Buzzfeed, Globe and Mail, ETalk, TEDx, and more. At the age of 21, T’áncháy and her brother founded We Matter, a national Indigenous-led campaign and non-profit dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. We Matter has become an international model for Indigenous youth life promotion efforts, garnering the Redvers siblings the Lawson Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award and a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Decoration – the highest honour in Canada.

Her writing has been published in numerous creative, anthology and academic publications, and her debut book of poetry, Fireweed, was released in 2019 by Kegedonce Press. In addition to the over 100 talks T’áncháy has delivered across Canada, the U.S., and Australia, she is a touring drag king and performance artist with performances spanning stages such as Pride Toronto and the Fierce Queer International Burlesque Festival. Her alternate persona, Mx.Wolverine, was featured on CBC Gem’s Season 3 of Canada’s A Drag. With a passion for exploring and unpacking topics such as intergenerational trauma, non-profit work, gender and sexuality, youth and queer empowerment, and positive representation, her approach is one that aims to decolonize and indigenize identity, mental health and healing. Having spent considerable time living, travelling, speaking, and working with Indigenous communities internationally and across Canada, T’áncháy considers herself a nomad just like her ancestors.

T’áncháy loves to cater each talk to the specific needs of the audience/participants, and ensures a collaborative approach with each engagement. She is also certified in transformative and creative facilitation, and is available to lead smaller interactive workshops.

Themes/Topics I am available to present on: Indigenous youth mental health; Decolonizing understandings of sexuality & gender; Suicide prevention versus life promotion; Positive representation & power of media visibility; Decolonizing workplace and non-profit structures; Building social movements; Radical self-care & Re-storying; Burlesque & drag as ceremony

Example Talks:

How a National Mental Health Campaign Went Viral: The Impact of Positive Representation

T’áncháy and her brother were tired of the lack of national effort in combating Indigenous youth suicide – so in 2016, they decided to do something about it. With no money and limited connections, they found 20 Indigenous role models who were willing to share their stories of hope with Indigenous youth who may be contemplating suicide. Those 20 videos quickly turned into the national We Matter Campaign, and in just a few years, 200 more videos including ones from the likes of NHL Hockey Player Jordin Tootoo, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, and PM Justin Trudeau. We Matter is now Canada’s only Indigenous and youth-led national mental health organization dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. In this talk, T’áncháy will share her personal story of co-founding and building a ground-breaking social media movement, the tools it took to get there, and the power of community and positive representation.

Creating Environments for Indigenous Youth to Live & Succeed

Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, but Indigenous youth suicide is a national and international crisis. So how do we reconcile a world where Indigenous youth are leaving it just as quickly as they are entering it? In this talk, T’áncháy will unpack colonization and intergenerational trauma in the context of Indigenous youth mental health; explore the ways in which we are all contributing to this global crisis; and outline the steps we can collectively take to ensure we are creating environments for Indigenous youth to not only live, but succeed.

 

Rethinking Team Structures: Building Supportive & Sustainable Workspaces

In a world where mental health issues are on the rise and productivity is at the forefront of everything we do, organizations and workplaces are needing to rethink their structures and processes. How do we bring our authentic experiences into the workspace? How do we facilitate a culture of collaboration and support? How do we shift the hierarchal norm? How do we build teams with intention? In this talk, T’áncháy will draw on her personal experience of building a not-for-profit organization from the ground up, to explore the ways in which organizations can decolonize workplace culture and structure.

 

Visibility: The Power of Media as Life Promotion

In this talk, T’áncháy will unpack common Indigenous narratives that have existed within mainstream media for decades, as well as the ways in which content and media can influence public thought and even save lives.

 

Re-Storying Our Narratives: A Form of Radical Self-Care

Stories are powerful. Whether it’s the stories we hear, stories we tell ourselves, or stories we write – we all carry the gift of story, and the ability to choose our own narrative. Using her own story as a young queer Indigenous woman, T’áncháy will explore the ways in which our stories define us, the people we associate with, and the journeys we choose. This talk has the option of being accompanied by a poetry reading.

 

2SLGBTQ+ Narratives in the Context of Indigenous Health

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous people have always existed, yet are the most likely demographic to experience violence, mental illness and homelessness. The 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous narrative is one that has been erased from history, and it’s time for it to be told. In this talk, T’áncháy will unpack the 2SLGBTQ+ narrative in the context of gendered colonization, the ways in which the health system is failing 2SLGBTQ+ people, and the steps service providers and communities can take to ensure more inclusive care and support.

 

Decolonizing Gender & Sexuality: Performance Art as Advocacy & Ceremony

In this talk, T’áncháy will use her experience as a queer Indigenous writer, drag king and burlesque performer to decolonize concepts of gender and sexuality, and explore how re-building our connection to our bodies is an act of advocacy and ceremony. This talk has the option of being accompanied by a performance or reading.

 

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