Iman was one of the first volunteers with the Ten Oaks Project, both as a facilitator with the Rainbow Families program and as a Camp Counsellor at Camp Ten Oaks, where she stayed with us for our first four years.
Iman eventually moved on from the Ten Oaks Project when she had the opportunity of a lifetime to make music professionally and tour with a band as a professional drummer. Over the years, she continued working with some really inspiring organizations: Jer’s Vision, Egale Canada, YMCA, and a group she co-founded called, Agitate: A Queer Women of Colour Collective. She later went back to school for Radio Broadcasting.
She moved to Yellowknife in 2011 to work in journalism, and instantly noticed the lack of queer gatherings in the city. So, together with the amazing local organizations and activists that were already working within the queer community, she got to work.
By August 2012, they had created their first three day pride festival called “Be Shameless,” with workshops on aboriginal queer identity, Two-Spiritedness, transgender identities and history, and queer sexual expression. She is now the Director and Arts Coordinator for NWT Pride, the only festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community of the Northwest Territories.