Matthew Ward (he/they) is a queer mixed nehiyaw person and member of Driftpile Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory. They grew up on the shores of Lesser Slave Lake but have lived in amiskwaciwâskahikan collectively for over 10 years. Matthew completed his undergraduate degree in Critical Indigenous Studies and Political Science in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia and has supported planning and engagement efforts in Edmonton’s housing and homelessness sector for seven years. He volunteers with several organizations including the Edmonton Community Foundation, Latitude 53 Arts Society, and REACH Edmonton. In 2021, he received Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30 Award.
Matthew enjoys exploring their downtown neighbourhood, playing video games, and collaborating on projects with friends and organizations that celebrate Indigenous joy. After long days, he can be found lounging on his condo patio with his fiancé and cat, Mr. Business.