Mrs. Alana-Joy Johnson
Alana-Joy Johnson is Haida and British-Canadian. She lives and works as an educator on unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lkwungen) territory and is privileged to be an adopted member of the ʔiiḥatisʔatḥ (Ehattesaht) nation. In 2019, she completed her Masters in Theological Studies – Indigenous through NAIITS: an Indigenous Learning Community and is grateful to her co-learners and elders who continue to help her through the process of decolonizing her theology. She is passionate about educating Christian organizations about the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She challenges individuals within church and education communities to be people of reconciliation. She is currently pursuing language studies in both nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Xaayda kil (Haida). She is currently a secondary school choir teacher, teaches piano lessons from her home in lək̓ʷəŋən (Lkwungen) territory, and is an Indigenous Role Model in the local School District. She is grateful to her many Indigenous mentors over the years and for the strength of her Haida kuuniisii (ancestors), and is excited to see theology schools acknowledging the vital perspectives of Indigenous theologians and knowledge-keepers.