TJ is a Secwepemc First Nation artist, musician, activist, and uninvited guest on the unceded lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Their lived experiences with homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and recovery have taught them the importance of community based outreach, culturally sensitive resources, and peer support.
TJ is a graduate of the Indigenous Land Stewardship certificate program at Native Education College, where they were encouraged to learn about their traditional laws, ceremonies, medicines, and language (Secwepemcstin). TJ hopes to incorporate these teachings into his approach to community education. As an urban Indigenous settler, they are dedicated to fostering good relations and learning from the local community.
When TJ isn’t working with Pivot he’s usually reading comics, practicing with their band, or out on the land.
Contact: tj [at] pivotlegal [dot] org