Samantha Nock

Samantha is a Cree-Métis writer and poet from Northeastern BC. Her family originally comes for Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak), Saskatchewan. She has been published in Canadian Art, Shameless Magazine, GUTS Mag, SAD Mag, VICE, and others.  She cares about radical decolonization, coffee, corgis, and her two cats, Betty and Jughead. You can find her tweeting at @sammymarie. She writes poetry and short non-fiction.  Samantha takes inspiration from her lived experiences as a Metis woman, the land she grew up on, and the stories passed down through her blood memories.

University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts First Nations and Indigenous Studies 2014
FNSP 400| Community Based Research Practicum | Conducted a yearlong research project in collaboration with an Urban Indigenous community organization. Final project consisted of an agreed upon deliverable to the partner organization, a research paper presented to the university and two community presentations and defenses: one held at Musqueam First Nation and the other at the First Nations House of Learning at the University of British Columbia.
Queer Arts Festival
Vancouver, BC
Literary Arts Curator
Apr. 2017 to June 2017

• Organized a literary reading night for the 2017 Queer Arts Festival. 

• Tasks included liaising with poets, hosting event, and setting the theme and feel of the night. 

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Vancouver, BC
Education and Programming Coordinator
Sept. 2015 to Current

• Created and implemented new education and youth programing at the Bill Reid Gallery.

• Upkeep administrative tasks while also delivering regular education programs to students from kindergarten to grade 12.

• Create workshops and liaise with Indigenous artists to create meaningful and beneficial workshops for youth, with a focus on creating accessible programming for marginalized youth.

• Help with other gallery tasks as needed, such as installation and de-installation of exhibits, sales, other programming, and other gallery administrative work. 

Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Vancouver, BC
Council Member - National Indigenous Young Women's Council
Jan. 2015 to Current

• Work with a group of Indigenous young women from around Canada in creating community action projects.  These projects varied and work to centre the needs of Indigenous young women in communities.

• Currently working on a yearlong project that is centred on creating peer support modules for Indigenous communities on suicide intervention for Queer and Two-Spirit youth.

CiTR Radio
Vancouver, BC
Radio Host - Unceded Airwaves
Oct. 2015 to Aug. 2016

• Worked as a part of a collective to produce and present an hour long radio show through CiTR 101.9fm focused on contemporary Indigenous politics and life.

Rabble Media
Vancouver, BC
May 2014 to May 2015

Keep a blog of informative and creative pieces on, an online alternative news source.

YWCA - Circle of Sisters Mentorship Program
Vancouver, BC
Indigenous Youth Mentor
Jan. 2011 to Sept. 2016

• Work in partnership with several other Indigenous women in order to create a safe space for teenaged Indigenous girls, queer, and two-spirit youth on a bi-weekly basis.

• Aid in the facilitation of several workshops particular to the specific needs of the youth. 

Written Works and Engagements
Creative Works

Halfbreed’s Reasoning| May 2014| Blog |


Lower Mainland Museum Educator's Conference | January 2018| Presenter| Museum of Vancouver

Native America and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference | July 2017 | Participant | University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Native Youth Sexual Health Network Working Committee on Peer Support for Two-Spirit and Queer Indigenous Youth: Suicide Prevention and Harm Reduction | December 2016 | Co-Author and Presenter| Toronto, ON

Mamawapowuk – Maawaki’idiwag – Māmawihitowin: A Gathering on Metis Art, Aesthetics, and Sovereignty | October 2016 | Conference Participant | Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

F Word Conference | April 2014 | Conference Panelist | University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC 

Speaking Engagements

Conversations at the Crossroads Symposium | November 2018 | Panel Participant | SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

Prairie Aunties on the Coast - ARTSPEAK | October 2018 | Poetry Reading, Vancouver, BC

Room Magazine - Growing Room Feminist Literature Festival| March 2018| Panel #1: Writing from the Body | Panel #2: Sex, Kink, and Fetishes| Panelist 

Room Magazine - Growing Room Feminist Literature Festival | March 2018| Indigenous Brilliance Series | Poetry Reading

Real Writer's Vancouver Series | March 2018| Poetry Reading

Locution | Winter 2018| Poetry Reading

TONIC Reading Series | Summer 2017| Poetry Reading

Queer Film Festival | August 2017| Poetry Reading - IndigeFemme: Body Sovereignty

ILSA: Indigenous Literature Students Association Annual Conference | July 2017| Poetry Reading

Poetry is Bad for You | March 2017 - ongoing | Organizer

KILLJOY Speakers Series | April 2016 | Panelist – Indigenous Solidarity in Queer Spaces

Grandmamas: Fundraiser for the Annual Women’s Memorial March | February 2016| Poetry Reading


VICE Canada | Fall 2018| Settler Governments Still Fail at Representing Indigenous Peoples (online)

Canadian Art | Fall 2018| Saw on Your Instagram (print)

PRISM international Magazine|Summer 2018|Grounding Exercise/Dear Friend (print/online)

Discorder| March 2018 | Michichy (print/online)

GUTS Feminist Magazine Blog | Winter 2018| Decrying Desirability, Demanding Care (online)

Discorder| November 2017| Learning I Had a Body (print/online)

SAD Mag | Fall 2017 | TBA | M'Girl (print)

Canadian Art | Spring 2017| Review of The Break by Katherena Vermette (print)

Capilano Review | Spring 2017 | Review of Tommy Pico’s IRL (print)

GUTS Feminist Magazine | Spring 2017| Two Poems by Samantha Nock (print/online)

Shameless Magazine | Winter 2016 | Reconciliation and Indigenous Sovereignty (print)

Shameless Magazine | Fall 2016 | Kokum’s Bannock (print)

Māmawi-ācimowak: Lit, Crit, and Art Literary Journal | Indigenous Arts Council| July 2016| Poetry (print)

Red Rising Magazine| May 2016 | Our Bodies are of This Land (print/online)