Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack is a treaty nêhiyaw multidisciplinary artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. In 2017, she completed her iyiniw pimâtisiwin kiskeyihtamowin doctoral program at UnBQ, a former Indian Residential School attended by two generations of her maternal family and is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She has built new knowledge practices with a focus on strength-based research and arts-based practices, using mixed methods of Indigenous ways of knowing and being with Western academic; grounded in Indigenous ceremony and nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) to explore the wahkohtowin (kinship systems), intergenerational resilience, Indigenous sexual health and identities.
Dr. Whiskeyjack is part of the Steering Committee for the symposium Reconciliation and Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton, taking place on March 3-4. Read more about the committee and other program notes here. Dr. Whiskeyjack spoke to EHC about the Idea Fair, which is open to all symposium registrants.