About RJ (They/them)
RJ Jones is nakawē nêhiyaw (Saulteaux–Cree), originally from Regina, Saskatchewan (Treaty no. 1 & 4) and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist, educator and full spectrum doula in decolonizing our approach to gender, sexuality and sexual health as well as anti-oppression, accessibility, art in activism.
They are an advocate for Two Spirit, transgender and queer Indigenous issues, and work from a decolonial, intersectional and accessible lens. RJ is an experienced in public speaker and facilitator and has been invited to give workshops and keynotes across Canada. RJ has been working in sexual health with a variety of groups over the past 4 years. They work with The Native Youth Sexual Health Network as a Peer Mentor, formerly with Planned Parenthood Ottawa as an Indigenous Community Developer and recently switched roles at The Native Women’s Association of Canada from the STBBI Project Coordinator to the 2SLGBTQ+ Educator. RJ’s passion for Two Spirit and Trans advocacy has lead them to opportunities such as serving as the President of Kind Space as well as being a board member at Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G).
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
President, Kind Space
Board member, A7G: Assembly of Seven Generations
Peer Mentor, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network
What they've Achieved
Outstanding Achievements in BIPOC Activism from LGBT Youth Line
2018 Community Champion of the Year Award from Capital Pride • Fierté dans la Capitale
Body Language: Decolonial Love