Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation located in what is currently southeastern British Columbia. They are a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where their research centres on “coming home” as a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit person. Smokii identifies as queer, transmasculine, two-spirit, a poet, and uncle, and auntie and a cat person. They accept he/him/his or they/them/theirs pronouns. Smokii’s work has been published in Write Magazine, and under his former name* (he is a man of many names) in Canadian Literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi (a project by Anishinaabe/Métis artist Dylan Miner), and on coffee sleeves in local Peterborough coffee shops as one of the winners of e-city lit’s artsweek contest in 2014. Smokii currently lives in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough, Ontario) with their cat Miss Magoo, though he plans on returning to ʔamak̓is Ktunaxa in Summer 2018.

Selected Publications (Print & Online)

“All My Relations”: Aunties, Cousins, And Indigenous Methods Of Recognition – Write Magazine, Fall 2017 [PDF]

No Pipelines On Stolen Native Land – Electric City Magazine, January 2017

there are hierarchies of grief – Canadian Literature, Autumn/Winter 2016


Poem After Reading An Article On High-Functioning CPTSD – December, 2017

Stories of Resistance, Resurgence, and Resilience in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough – November, 2016












*Angela Semple