UBC’s Indigenous Research Support Initiative is proud to present the following event, in partnership with UBC Connects & Alumni UBC:
"OUR EXISTENCES ARE POLITICAL": IDENTITY AND HISTORY AS PATHWAYS FOR TRANSFORMATION.
About the talk:
In 2019, Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson became the first two-spirit Indigenous couple to win The Amazing Race Canada. But the real victory for them was raising awareness and shattering stereotypes. The pair used the competition as a platform to tackle topics like gender and sexual identity, racism, mental health and the environment. They did so through an Indigenous lens, naming their team Ahkameyimok, a Cree word that roughly translates to “never give up.”
In this talk, Makokis and Johnson will share their personal transformations, from their early years facing adversity around two-spirit and Indigenous identities to a lifetime of education, transforming them into leaders, activists and role models. They will explore what it means to fully connect with our histories and embody the values of our ancestors.
In these seemingly chaotic times, marked by a pandemic and a movement toward racial justice, this talk will challenge viewers to turn hopelessness on its head. It will empower them to harness their own histories and identities toward positive transformation.
This free, online LIVE event is presented in Partnership with UBC Connects.
To learn more, and to register for this free, virtual talk, click here!
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EXTERNAL: We are sharing this event on behalf of our friends at UBC Connects. The event is not being hosted by Whistler Public Library, and therefore may be updated, changed, or canceled with little notice.