Who Is Joy SpearChief-Morris?

Joy is an Indigenous Black Canadian writer, advocate, and athlete. She is a proud member of the Kainai Blood Tribe and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta.


Joy has a Bachelor’s degree in History and First Nations Studies and a Master’s degree in Political Science specializing in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, both from Western University. Her research focused on Indigenous land claim settlements and reconciliation within Canada, looking particularly at land and relationship. Now pursuing her writing professionally as a journalist, Joy has bylines in The Globe and Mail and CBC Sports. Joy’s passion in journalism lies in Indigenous politics, environmental reporting, and uplifting the stories of the Black and Indigenous communities and those who are often marginalized in Canada.


She is currently finishing her Master’s of Journalism degree at Carleton University.


Photo by Natalia Wieschel

Photo by Natalia Weichsel

Joy is a retired 100m hurdler in athletics, a three-time Canadian National Championship finalist and has represented Team Canada internationally twice. As a member of Team Canada, she is a 2014 North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 silver medalist and a fifth place finisher at the 2019 FISU World Universidad. She is a previous member of the Board of Directors for AthletesCAN, and is now sitting as a member of the AthletesCAN Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee. Joy was also previously a member of the Athletes Council for Athletics Canada. Joy has achieved several accolades, both as a varsity athlete with the Western Mustangs Track and Field Team, and previously with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, and as a member of Team Canada. Most notably, she was the 2016 and 2017 OUA Female Track MVP, 2017 USports Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner, 2017 Tom Longboat Award winner, and the featured cover athlete for the 2019 May/June issue of Canadian Running Magazine. During her athletics career, Joy wrote a blog about her experiences as an Indigenous Black Canadian post-collegiate athlete training to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Looking to get in contact with me for freelance work or a speaking engagement? Please email me at joy.scmorris@gmail.com.

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