MC ’16

Zondra Roy

Zoey Pricelys Roy is a spoken word poet, emcee, film producer, and community-based educator. She is Cree-Dene Metis from the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, has made a home for herself in Saskatoon and is a student in the SUNTEP Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Zoey found a community of poets at Tonight It’s Poetry in Saskatoon in 2011.  Through their constant inspiration, she kept writing, kept slamming and began molding herself a style she is proud of. Since then, she has performed at hundreds of events across Canada; she has also taken the main stage at many events including: Prismatic Festival in Halifax, NS; the Intertribal Gathering in Saskatoon, SK; Talking Stick Festival; and the Nations-to-Nations Commemoration for the War of 1812 with Manifesto in Toronto, ON.

As an educator, Zoey started organizing events for National Youth Arts Week in 2012 and within a year started working as the National Engagement Coordinator for the Arts Network for Children and Youth. In a partnership, she toured Ontario through a Fondation Michaelle Jean Foundation grant and documented the unity pow wows bring to communities of all nations. She learned facilitation from the Students Commission of Canada and through her capacity with them and CRU Youth Wellness Centre, she founded Rock the Vote in the 2011 Federal Election. With more experience, she eventually developed two curriculums on healthy living and combating at risk environments for high school and that’s when she fell in love with education. Zoey helped mobilize Write Out Loud in 2012 during National Youth Arts Week under Isaac Bond’s leadership and began teaching poetry in the classroom. She began facilitating her own spoken word initiatives and has found herself as a Teaching Musician for the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program. In November 2016, Zoey released her first chapbook memoir “homecoming”, published by Jackpine Press and supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Indigenous Pathways Initiative. Her love for storytelling has been also been nurtured as a Film Producer with Soul Datta Productions where she has found success through partnerships and the production of seven short documentaries and commercials and was the Assistant Director on Tasha Hubbard’s docu-drama, 7 Minutes.

As recognition for her work, she has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012; the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for the Congress of Aboriginal People’s in 2013; the YWCA Women of Distinction Youth Award; the Indspire Metis Youth Award in 2016 and the 2016 3M National Student Fellowship.

Zoey is now working on an spoken word and hip hop album supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In the community, her current initiative is with Muskwa Lerat and Eli Temple (Bear Temple) where they teach lyricism, music production and sound engineering as an intensive program called the Rap and Rhythm Collective.