Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland, Canada.
Their identity as an artist is informed and intrinsically linked to their history of work as a sexual health educator and harm reduction worker. Mikiki’s creative themes often address safety and responsibility, disclosure and self-determination, community building and reckoning with trauma and loss.
Mikiki has worked as a Sexuality Educator in Calgary's public schools, a Bathhouse Attendant in Saskatoon, & Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess in St. John's. Mikiki has worked in various capacities in the Gay Men's Health and HIV response in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, co-developing and implementing the first sexual health promotion programming specifically for gay men living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.
Recently Mikiki’s work focused on Harm Reduction outreach & agency staff training, and conducting HIV testing. As well, Mikiki sat on numerous national, provincial and local boards, committees and research projects, like CAS the Canadian AIDS Society, CTAC the Canadian Treatment Action Council for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, the Bad Date Coalition and the CHIME study involving PLWHIV acting as standardized patients in training medical students to deliver HIV rapid testing and reduce HIV stigma. With CHIME, Mikiki was a member of the research team, the Research Assistant training team, a standardized patient research participant as well as an external HIV testing preceptor. Mikiki is currently an advisory member of Beyond LIVING’s Life Force, providing strategic direction for global HIV/AIDS advocacy in concert with the three global PLHIV networks GNP+/ICW/Y+.
Mikiki is now dedicated to their art practice full time when not hosting their Golden Girls screening & queer cultural studies lecture series Rose Beef.
2010 - present
2010 - present