Oy Lein is the Impact Analyst for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative hosted at Grand Challenges Canada.
She holds a Master of Information in Critical Information Policy Studies from the University of Toronto, where she also earned her Hons BA in Communications, Culture and Info Tech; Professional Writing; and English Literature. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Digital Communications from Sheridan College and Certification in Canadian Copyright Law from Copyrightlaws.com. She is a trained librarian and continues to advocate for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) library workers and students during her personal time.
Oy Lein has engaged in, and led, various race-based studies at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Toronto Libraries, Federation of Black Canadians, and Ryerson University. These studies ranged in scope from Indigenous knowledge rights in libraries to Black health in the face of the pandemic. Oy Lein is committed to applying the teachings she has been given by members of the Indigenous community in an evaluative context and approaches her work through a Black, intersectional, and feminist lens.”