Matthew Ward is a 24-year-old queer Indigenous man from Driftpile Cree Nation. He grew up mostly in Slave Lake, AB and finished high school in Edmonton at Victoria School for the Arts.
He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Indigenous Studies and the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus and now works as Coordinator of Planning & Engagement at Homeward Trust Edmonton. His research interests include decolonial indigenous research methodologies, queer indigenous studies, and more recently the study of homelessness as settler-colonialism. He loves to think about complex issues, particularly relating to Indigenous peoples and is excited to do so in the context of racism and poverty in Edmonton with REACH Edmonton. When he’s not working, he can be found downtown enjoying the city. He spends time volunteering on the steering committee of YEG Youth Connect, an annual event. That supports youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness in Edmonton. He’s happy to call Edmonton home and to work with others to make it even better.