Jordan Lawrence is a mental health and addictions advocate specializing in rural and regionalization policy development in Ktaqmkuk. He draws on community-based, trauma-informed, harm-reduction perspectives to promote meaningful, anti-oppressive dialogue and action. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Policy, both from Memorial University in St. John’s. He is a status member of Qalipu First Nation.
Jordan’s English, French, and Mi’kmaq ancestry led him to embark on a journey of identity that provoked deep self-reflection and understanding. He identifies as a non-Indigenous settler with ancestral extended family ties to the western Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq. Recognizing his privileged settler experience, Jordan strives to become a better accomplice and colleague to those affected by systemic, racist, colonial oppression. He enjoys fishing, permaculture and land-based initiatives, and community building.