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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’pinkton, 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 it’s important to identify "who I am, who are my people and who claims me."
I am the adult-child of Indian Residential School Survivors, Valerie Lezard and Moses Baptiste and day school survivor, Pierre Kruger.
My maternal grandparents were Indian Residential School Survivors are twi pl̓wic̓ia Elizabeth Lezard (Manual) and naʔł twi stiʔulaʕxʷ Ernest Lezard.
My paternal grandparents were Indian Residential School Survivors are twiʔ Katherine Baptiste (Alec) and naʔł twiʔ George Baptiste.
We are all status First Nations members under the Indian Act of the Penticton Indian Band and are members under our nations custom membership code. As sqilxw people, we 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, [unceded] British Columbia (BC) and east to Kootenay Lake, south to Washington state and west into the Nicola Valley.
I continue to live as an invited 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 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education /University of Toronto (OISE/UT). I received a collaborative Masters from University of Toronto.
I am very grateful to be here in the Laurier Brantford Community where I am being supported to thrive and excel as a critical Indigenous Scholar, prior to joining this scholarly community in 2021, I held an appointment with 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 2LGBTQQIA+ communities.
The scope of my current research agenda includes First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Black Indigenous, Afro Indigenous 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.
Recent and Ongoing Projects
I bring with me an extensive teaching portfolio at a number of post-secondary institutions, where I have been instrumental in supporting students in all capacities of student life. My focus on relationship development with multiple stakeholders; both within and outside of institutions; is basis of my approach. I centre Indigenous worldviews, self-determination, resilience and promote sustainable social change. My strong ties with numerous Indigenous social service agencies and communities in Toronto, across Canada and the South Pacific reflect the strength of our highly respectful relationships. This is underscored by how often I am sought out to work with communities, including in an advisory capacity in projects, co-investigator and consultancy roles.
I have teaching interests that include an approach that is anti-colonial, 2 spirit affirming, and trauma informed perspectives. I also train, supervise and build capacity among emerging 2QTBIPOC scholars/learners who are entering the field of holistic health, harm reduction, 2SLGBTTQIA+ research and community relations/relationsips.
Lezard, P., (ed) & Kaur, M. (ed), (2024). "Relationships, Responsibility, Reverence, Reciprocity: An Introduction to Indigenous Studies Reader," Canadian Scholars & Women's Press. (forthcoming)
Lavallee, L., (ed) & Lezard. P (ed), (2024). Handbook of Indigenous Research Methods. Edward Elgar Publishing. (forthcoming)
Lezard, P. (2024). Monumental Erasures. In S. Keovorabouth, & T. Kennedy. (Eds.). Global Indigeneity – Indigenizing Masculinities: Conceptualizing our Pasts, Presents and Futures.
Lezard, P., Davis, C., (June 20, 2023). Inspiring Conversations: Embracing Gender Identities. Laurier Alumni, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Webinar]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/scG754e-ANs
Lezard, P. (June 7, 2023). "niʕáy̓p kʷu aláʔ - We Have Always Been Here" [Webinar]. YouTube. National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. https://youtu.be/duf8_Bvu-Rg
Lezard, P., Day, M., & O’Sullivan, S. (2023). Indigiqueer Futures: a conversation between Indigenous Non-Binary Academics. in B. Carlson, T. Kennedy & Day, M. (Eds.), Global Networks of Indigeneity: Peoples Sovereignty and Futures. Manchester University Press (forth coming)
Lezard, P. (November 18, 2022). Gender-Based Violence Against Two-Spirit/ Indigiqueer People. [Webinar]. YouTube. Learning Network & Knowledge Hub. https://youtu.be/kQHUqjtIi_k
Lezard, P. (October 27, 2022). Sorting Out Our Bundles: The Way Forward is Back To Basics. [Keynote Address]. Summit 2022: Pushing Possibilities. Community-Based Research Center (CBRC). Vancouver, BC. YouTube. https://youtu.be/2C0d-diT0w0
Lavallee, L., Lezard, P., & DiNova, J. (September 30, 2022). Misogyny-Kwil-Miskwaa: A Conversation about misogyny within the Indigenous Community. [Webinar]. Toronto Metropolitan University. YouTube. https://youtu.be/eNrwmZCwEEQ
cárdenas, m., Lezard, P., & Faye, H. (May 2022). Imagining Trans, Non-Binary, & Two Spirit Futures. [Webinar]. Simpson Center. YouTube. https://youtu.be/RgZufSh2UFA
Lezard, P., & Shawanda, A. (December 20, 2021). Decolonizing Methodologies Series: At the Intersection of Decolonization and Gender Equity. [Webinar]. Dalla Lana School of Public Health. YouTube. https://youtu.be/ApguszGD6N8
Eklund, T., Waters, B., Nair, S., Dryden, O.H., Lezard., P., & Sangha, S. (August 26, 2021). Virtual ProPride: Beyond Inclusion Towards Belonging. [Webinar]. Pride at Work Canada. YouTube. https://youtu.be/t-7F4i7nfok
Lezard, P. (May 5, 2021). MMIW2SLGBTQQIA+. [Webinar]. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Indigenous Studies. YouTube. https://youtu.be/tMjr1KRGM20
Lavalle, L., Carlson, B., O’Sullivan, S., Kidman, J., McAllister, T., Moeke-Pickering, T., Naepi, S., & Lezard, P. (April 7, 2021). Indigenous Resurgence. [Webinar] Indigenous Resurgence, Faculty of Community Services. Toronto Metropolitan University. YouTube. https://youtu.be/tfKqvyFbXV0
Lezard, P., Prefontaine, N., Cederwall, D-M., Sparrow, C., Maracle, S., Beck. A., & McLeod. A (April 2021). 2SLGBTTQIA+ Sub-Working Group. MMIWG2SLGBTTQIA+ National Action: Final Report. OFIFC: Toronto
Dr. Lezard is currently serving on as a member of the Centre for Global Indigenous Futures, on the Board of Directors for two National Boards: 2 Spirits in Motion, and Fierté Canada Pride, on the steering committee for TPATH 2021 Conference. They were a member on the 2 Spirit Sub-working group advocating for 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks who experience Gender Based Violence (GBV) and as an intervention was part of CMHC's Indigenous Advisory Council to ensure that housing as a social determinant of health reduces GBV.
Languages spoken: English and American Sign Language (ASL)