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Who Is Joy SpearChief-Morris?

Joy is an Indigenous Black Canadian journalist and former athlete. Joy specializes in news and long-form writing as well as audio storytelling.


As a proud member of the Kainai Blood Tribe who grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, she reports on the toughest Indigenous issues in our country and telling Indigenous stories through Indigenous voices. Joy has bylines in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Narwhal, The Walrus and CBC, focusing particularly on the environment, healthcare and Indigenous politics as well several op-eds.


Through her reporting, Joy hopes to give a voice to those who feel underrepresented in the media because of their gender, race, ability or privilege. 

Joy current writes for The Toronto Star.


Photo by Natalia Weichsel

Joy has a Bachelor of History and First Nations Studies degree and a Master of Political Science specializing in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction degree, both from Western University. Her research focused on Indigenous land claim settlements and reconciliation within Canada, looking particularly at land and relationship. She also has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University. Her final master’s research project looked at the connection between Indigenous and western storytelling and grizzly bear conservation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


Joy is also a retired 100m hurdler in athletics, a three-time Canadian National Championship finalist and has represented Team Canada internationally twice.


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