TJ Lightfoot - Mi’kmaw Cultural Educator

TJ Lightfoot

Mi’kmaw Cultural Educator

TJ Lightfoot is a two spirit Mi’kmaw person originally from Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick and currently living in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Native Studies and a Master’s in Environmental Policy, TJ has extensive knowledge and firsthand experience teaching about the Indigenous history, cultures, and art of Mi’kma’ki (the traditional territory of Mi’kmaq) and the Canadian Maritimes.

TJ’s academic understandings of Mi’kmaw and Maliseet history and politics complements the many hours she’s spent on the land, trekking through the bush of southern and eastern New Brunswick.

This knowledge has allowed her to testify in a number of important legal cases and proceedings about Indigenous issues in Canada, such as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry and a court case brought by Passamaquoddy nation of Maine that sought legal recognition on the Canadian side of their traditional territory.

TJ is a practicing full spectrum doula and sexual health enthusiast. Knowing that the land and body are intimately connected, her passions include Indigenous medicines, consent practices, and environmental issues.

TJ identifies as an “Indigi-nerd” and is always eager to share Mi’kmaw culture, traditional stories, and oral histories, as well as discuss pertinent issues of the day, such as fishing rights, the Peace and Friendship Treaties, and reproductive justice.