Who Is Joy SpearChief-Morris?
Joy is an Indigenous Black Canadian 100m hurdler. A proud member of Kainai Blood Tribe, Joy grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta where her she developed her love for sport by chasing around her older brother.
Joy briefly attended the University of British Columbia where she was a 2x All American and 2014 NACAC U23 silver medalist in the 4x100m relay. She transferred to Western University in 2014 where she completed her Bachelor’s degree, competing as a Western Mustang on the Western Track and Field Team. At Western, Joy became a highly-decorated sprinter and hurdler. Among her achievements, she is a Canadian university national champion and 7x national medalist; 3x Ontario University Athletics Champion, 8x OUA medalist and 2x OUA Female Track Event MVP; 5x Academic All Canadian; 3x Western Mustangs Women’s Track MVP, and the Western Women’s Track and Field’s record holder in the 60m, 60m hurdlers and 4x200m first leg split. In 2017 Joy was named Western’s F.W.P. Jones Top Graduating Female Athlete of The Year as well as the Honourable G. Ferguson Award for high achievement as a graduating student-athlete.
Joy has been recognized for her accomplishments as an Indigenous athlete on and off the track with the 2017 Tom Longboat Award and with both the 2017 OUA and USports Student Athlete Community Service Awards. Joy was the featured cover athlete for the 2019 May/June issue of Canadian Running Magazine.
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 at Western University. Her research focused on Indigenous land claim settlements and reconciliation within Canada, looking particularly at land and relationship. Joy uses 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 also has her own blog where she shares her experiences as an Indigenous Black Canadian athlete as well her thoughts on political events. She recently sat on the Board of Directors for AthletesCAN and was a member of the Athletes Council for Athletics Canada. Joy works at the Indigenous Student Centre at Western University as the Student Opportunities Coordinator. Joy recently represented Canada at the 2019 FISU World Universidad where placed 5th in the 100m hurdles. Joy currently trains in London, Ontario where she is preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.