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Who Is Joy SpearChief-Morris?

Joy is an Indigenous Black Canadian writer, advocate, and athlete. A journalist and storyteller, Joy specializes in news and long-form print 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 Globe and Mail, The Narwhal, The Walrus and CBC, covering everything from the 2022 Papal Visit, the Hockey Canada sexual assault scandal, the Canadian housing crisis, environmental, federal 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. 


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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