Cherry Smiley (Quebec)

Cherry SmileyCherry Smiley, from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Diné (Navajo) Nations, is an artist, feminist advocate, researcher and speaker on sexualized male violence against Indigenous women and girls. She has worked as a front-line anti-violence worker in a transition house and rape crisis centre, assisted in the coordination of an anti-violence drop-in group for Indigenous girls, worked as a project manager in violence prevention and safety at a national Indigenous women’s organization, and is a co-founder of the activist group Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry. She has won numerous awards for her work towards women’s liberation including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case (Youth) in 2013 and the 2014 Ted and Nora Sterling Award in Support of Controversy. She is currently in the Communications PhD program at Concordia University, where her research examines prostitution as a process of patriarchy, colonization, racism, and capitalism and where she works to help end male violence against women and girls. Cherry is honoured to have been awarded a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship.