the humble lodge



tapahtêyimôkamik (formerly referred to as Strengthening Relations) is a research project at the University of Alberta led by Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack.  Our project aims to:

Our activities have included:

Picnicking near the North Saskatchewan river

Eco-art bricolage

okimaw kihêw mêkwanak and Edmonton Two-Spirit Society

okimaw kihêw mêkwanak

okimaw kihêw mêkwanak (OKM) offers a supportive space for parents, family, and friends of 2SLGBTQ+ youth who want to practice our traditional kinship systems from nêhiyaw and Indigenous worldviews. OKM was co-founded in 2015 by Lana Whiskeyjack, James Knibb-Lamouche, and Roxanne Tootoosis with the guidance of Dr. James Makokis. OKM was formerly known as Indigenous PFLAG or Indigenous Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

OKM is currently co-led by nêhiyaw and Métis parents Lana Whiskeyjack and James Knibb-Lamouche. Gatherings often include arts-based activities, meals, and Elder-led teachings. OKM's main activities at this time are focused on the tapahtêyimôkamik research project.

Edmonton Two-Spirit Society

OKM is a kinship organization to Edmonton-Two Spirit SocietyOKM's focus is on supporting the families and kinship relations of Indigenous 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.