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 from Western University. Her research focused on Indigenous land claim settlements and reconciliation within Canada, looking particularly at land and relationship. Joy used her knowledge as an Indigenous researcher along with her experiences as a Black Canadian to examine the intersections of race in colonial systems and political institutions. Joy is now pursuing her writing professionally as a journalist, having bylines in CBC Sports and The Globe and Mail, including a featured opinion piece on Black and Indigenous solidarity in Canada. She is currently a student in the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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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.
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