MEET ZOEY

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A poet. An emcee. An author. A self-determined iskwew with abundant love and imagination. She has earned a Bachelor's of Education from Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program and a Masters of Public Policy from Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently studying for a PhD in Education at York University where she is primarily focused on understanding how to apply decolonial tools to withdraw Indigenous dependency on Canadian systems.

To learn more about Zoey, visit her website and see her work here!

     

YOU'RE INVITED!

Join Zoey each Thursday evening to write original poems, prose, or songs that you will perform as part of a collective for Indigenous Achievement Week. Each week, we will focus on expanding your toolkit of knowledge and techniques so you feel comfortable sharing your work with a public performance. Don't worry! Zoey will be here to coach you through.

For a full list of all sessions please visit our registration page.

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A MESSAGE FROM ZOEY

For the last 20 years, I have been embraced by the citizens of Saskatoon. For me, making
meaning and finding connections were important. It was hard to believe in myself though and
would often fall short of what I really wanted for myself. Graduating high school at 21 presented
both the challenges I needed to overcome and the opportunities I would embrace with all I had.
I cherished learning and resented school. Making the decision to go to University was hard because
I didn't want other people who had no understanding of me to tell me that I was a failure. I felt very misunderstood. Idle No More was a catalyst for me like it was for many people and nations across
Turtle Island. I wanted to use my gifts and talents for good - even if I didn't always "succeed", I
at least wanted to give it a shot. Learning that I was capable was the best lesson I've learned and
this inspires me to keep using my imagination to create. It makes my life enjoyable and it makes
me a better student. My definition of success has changed from external validation to internal gratitude.
This is a bit of my story...
I want to help people tell their stories in all their glory. I want to help affirm how capable people are
when they are freely themselves. Nobody relates to perfection. Somewhere along the way, I learned
that action precedes motivation. You have to show up to feel a part of the movement. I use my
gift of vulnerability to inspire others to show up as they are.
Join me in this year's residency to create something magical.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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