Sonya Ballantyne is a Swampy Cree writer and filmmaker originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba Canada. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional genres such as horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. She hopes to write a Superman feature film one day.
During her session, Sonya will talk about her background growing up on the Misipawistik Cree Nation and what led to her pursuing a creative career. Through her interest in comic books and Star Trek, Sonya's nerdity became her sword and shield against the racism she faced as a Cree girl.