LGBTQ2S+, Two-Spirit and Diversity Expert
Keynote: Thursday, April 18
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Anthony Johnson is a Two-Spirit advocate, artist, poet, photographer, cultural documentarian, and strategic analyst whose mission in life is to explore the beauty of the Earth and its inhabitants. A proud Diné of Navajo Nation in Arizona, Anthony was born and raised on a reserve before he found his path through education and traditional teachings and branched out to explore the world. He is lived in many cities across Turtle Island and even had a short stint in Shanghai, China. He graduated from Harvard University in 2009, earning a degree in Economics and Social Anthropology of East Asia.
In 2017, Anthony began a new chapter when he moved to Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta. That same year, he married his husband, Dr. James Makokis, during the BMO Harris Vancouver Marathon. The pair later introduced themselves to Canada and the world when they triumphantly won Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada, using the platform to raise awareness for challenges that Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ and Two-Spirit individuals face.
Today, Anthony serves as a Project Coordinator in Kehewin Cree Nation. His work is centered on revitalizing Traditional Cree birthing practices, medicines, and ceremonies following the Cree 7 Stages of Life philosophy. As an aspiring filmmaker, Anthony understands the transformative power of storytelling and channels it into promoting healing and understanding. He continually advocates for Indigenous rights, LGBTQ2S+ inclusion, and the harmonious fusion of traditional Indigenous knowledge with allyship and unity to create access and acceptance for others.