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T’áncháy Redvers [they/them] is a Dene & Métis two-spirit writer, creator, speaker and multidisciplinary performer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. With a background in International Development, Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship and Indigenous Social Work, they have been nationally and internationally recognized for their work and advocacy. At the age of 21, T’áncháy and their brother, Kelvin, founded We Matter - a national Indigenous-led campaign and non-profit dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. We Matter has become an international model for Indigenous youth life promotion efforts, garnering the Redvers siblings the Lawson Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award and a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.
T’áncháy is a published poet, children’s book author and screenwriter as well as featured in numerous creative, anthology and academic publications. They have story edited and written for shows airing on Netflix, Crave, Apple TV+ and PBS Kids. In addition to the over hundred talks, workshops and panels they’ve delivered across North America and beyond, they are a performance artist and actor with performances and credits spanning Pride Toronto, CBC, Paramount+ and more. They are also a member of BIPOC TV & Film’s Board of Directors/ Visioning Committee, an organization working to uproot barriers for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour across Canada's screen media industry.
With a passion for exploring and unpacking topics such as intergenerational trauma, gender and sexuality, youth and queer empowerment, and positive representation, T’áncháy's approach is one that aims to decolonize understandings of identity, mental health and healing. And ultimately re-create mainstream narratives of Indigenous and queer communities from a place of authenticity, joy, community, love and healing.