MATE’s MTS Professional Development Day in October is all about building a community of ELA teachers who support young learners in the application, art, and humanity of ELA.


Sonya Ballantyne

She is a filmmaker, writer and public speaker from Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her short films have played in festivals worldwide including most recently the Vancouver International Film Festival. She was the winner of the 2016 ImagineNative Short Film Pitch Competition and the 2014 winner of the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Competition. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional genres and presenting them as the heroines they are. Sonya recently published “Kerri Berry Lynn” a children’s book about a little Cree girl and her 7 dogs and will be publishing a graphic novel about professional hockey player Brigette Lacquette in 2020. She has spoken at such events as We Day 2017, San Diego Comic Con 2018, and New York Comic Con 2019.