Zondra “Pricelys” Roy, who also goes by “Zoey”, is an activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, and event project coordinator/facilitator.
With roots stemming from Green Lake, Black Lake Denesuline Nation and Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, Zoey grew up in rural, remote, and urban regions all over Canada. As a Cree, Dene and Métis woman, Zoey has had to find her own understanding of the world recognizing her ancestral views, and has done this through traveling and learning from people, sharing circles, ceremony and research. Through her journey, she has learned to understand that her privilege to inherit all three ways of life is her gift and through an innate instruction, she is able to bring people together, from all different walks of life, to learn from each other.
Zoey has dealt with a number of adversities through her entire life that has strengthened her to become the strong woman she is today. She left home when she was 13 for very personal reasons and learned the hard way how to maneuver through the world and become the person she wanted to be both professionally and personally. Becoming familiarized with the justice system was the last step she took before recognizing that if she transformed her directional approach to something more positive, she can build a healthier foundation for herself and go further in life. At 15 years old, reaching out to her community, getting involved and volunteering was the first step she took to her new life.
Zoey founded Rock the Vote in Saskatchewan which turned into a Canadian movement during the 2011 Federal Election and mobilized disenfranchised populations across Canada with the goal to increase informed decision makers in marginalized communities. She’s attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City to advocate for young Indigenous and Metis people who are politically and socially marginalized within Canada and around the world. Zoey has been working closely with various organizations and youth from across Canada and around the world. She has received the Canadian Heritage Success Story (2012) Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the YWCA Women of Distinction Youth Award (2013) and the National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (2013) and nominated for the 2015 Indspire Award in the Metis Youth Category for her innovative approaches in addressing social issues through positive movements and education.
Zoey attends the University of Saskatchewan working towards a Bachelor of Education. Working with and for young people is where Zoey’s heart lies. Her goal is to inspire people to become educated but recognizes inequities that exist and she will continue to take an educational approach through her work and support youth to become leaders.
Words of Wisdom: “The legacy is in the process”