About RJ (They/them)
RJ Jones is nakawē nêhiyaw (Saulteaux–Cree), originally from Saskatchewan and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, ON. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist, storyteller, facilitator and educator in the topics of decolonizing our approach to Gender and Sexuality.
They are an advocate for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous issues and work from a decolonial and intersectional lens. RJ is an experienced in public speaker and has been invited to give workshops and keynotes across Canada. RJ has been working in sexual health for the past year with The Native Youth Sexual Health Network as a Peer Mentor and Planned Parenthood Ottawa as a Community Developer. RJ’s passion for Two Spirit and Trans advocacy has lead them to oppotunities such as serving as the Vice President of Kind Space and they are also a member of the Kanawayhitowin Youth Committee at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
RJ enjoys sloths, building connections, migrant justice, decolonial education & reproductive justice.
RJ'S ARTIST BIO
RJ Jones is nakawē nêhiyaw (Saulteaux–Cree), originally from Saskatchewan and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, ON. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist & storyteller. RJ uses their art as a way to create space to have dialogue around the complexities of queer & trans Indigenous identity. They have expressed having felt a large cultural disconnect for being a Two Spirit and Non-Binary individual in their community but found a genuine sense of connection through art. RJ wants to indigenize the way we see sexuality, gender and sexual & reproductive health while also decolonizing stigma. They are constantly learning new art forms, but specialize in print making, spray painted prints, screen printing, water colors, live drawing, drawing & portrait photography.
GROUPS THEY ARE APART OF
- Vice President, Kind Space
- Peer Mentor, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network
- Kanawayhitowin Youth Committee at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Member, DecolonizeCapCity
- Member, No One Is Illegal Ottawa
What they've Achieved
- Outstanding Achievements in BIPOC Activism from LGBT Youth Line
- Body Language: Decolonial Love