Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
A humorous presenter and a luminous storyteller, Zoey offers practical wisdom for living authentically amongst the violence of settler colonialism. A lover of words, synthesizing knowledge and performance, she has spent her adult life travelling the globe sharing her gift of gab. Inspired by hip-hop culture and the wisdom of her mentors, Maria Campbell and Pytor Hodgson.
Zoey is a poet with an insatiable appetite for learning, playing, and growing. She has written two books: an angsty memoir, Homecoming (2016), and a long-form poem, The Voyageurs: Forefathers of the Métis Nation (2019) and released two albums, Made Up (2021), and Zoetry in (2022). Memorable performances include BIGSOUND in Australia and the Dubai Expo 2020. Zoey has been awarded many honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Indspire Award (2016), and the Saskatchewan Arts Award for Arts and Learning (2019).
Zoey is Nehithaw -Dené Métis, a member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation with roots also from the Black Lake Denesuline Nation, Green Lake, Saskatchewan and Cormorant, Manitoba. She is currently living in eastern Ontario, Canada while pursuing a Ph.D. in Education but she calls Saskatoon, Saskatchewan home.
“My art is my rage that waits to be safely bestowed on a stage.”