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Dr. Percy Lezard

Wilfrid Laurier University
Syilx Indigiqueer Council & Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Brantford, ON
According to my sqilxw ways, personal introductions come before any other words.
Wai, iskwis (my name is) Percy Lezard, Sexʷmaʔmayaʔm̓. 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 am a registered member of the Penticton Indian Band and my people, the Syilxw, have lived on the territory known as the Okanagan Valley since the beginning of people on our land. Our traditional territories stretch from Mica Creek, just north of modern-day Revelstoke, BC and east to Kootenay Lake, south to Washington state and west into the Nicola Valley. I am a Two-Spirit non-Binary Disabled person who continues to live as an invited guest on the lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples in Tkaronto (Toronto) and I was responsible to uphold the Dish with One Spoon treaty in my nation-to-nation relations with the caretakers of those territories.