Location: Vancouver, BC
Allan Thomas Lindley (they/them/their pro-nouns, sometimes he) is Syilx, Nlaka’pamux, and Mistawsis Cree First Nations from the Nicola Valley in Merritt BC. Allan is a member of the Upper Nicola Band (Quilchena), which is a part of the Okanagan Nation.
Allan is a part of the IndigenEYEZ facilitator community and has worked for RainCity Housing and Support Society in the DTES of Vancouver since 2009 where they are currently the Manager of Indigenous Services. RainCity Housing works at housing and social-inclusion, justice and equity for people who are experiencing or are at-risk of being homeless; who are under-resourced, living with addictions, and/or navigating mental-wellness.
Allan has worked with homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth and with communities in reclaiming and remembering Two-Spirit/Trans/Non-Binary/Queer/Gender Variant identities, history, and culture, in both traditional/pre-contact and contemporary Indigenous community. They also inquire, ally, and locate themselves in de-stigmatizing and educating around what often gets called ‘mental illness.’ This work helps disrupt narratives of Indigeneity, identity, and wellness, bringing much needed conversations around inclusion and intersectionality.
Allan also works in Syilx language, enjoys making music, exploring/traveling, being on the land, and storytelling. Theatre, singing, and art are just a few of the ways they continue to explore bridging reclamation and resistance in our community.
During the summer of 2018 Allan was interviewed by Sweden Radio journalist Palmira Koukkari Mbenga. Read the article here.
Fluent på Svenska? (Fluent in Swedish?) Listen to the original radio broadcast here.