Julian Brave NoiseCat is a Fellow of the Type Media Center and a 2022 11th Hour Fellow of New America. A columnist for Canada’s National Observer and a contributing editor for Canadian Geographic, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s and many other publications.
NoiseCat’s work has been recognized by the judges of the Livingston Awards, Mirror Awards, Canadian Digital Publishing Awards, Canadian National Magazine Awards and National Native Media Awards, among others. In 2021, he was named to the TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders alongside the starting point guard of his fantasy basketball team, Luka Doncic. In 2022, he won the American Mosaic Journalism Prize for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the present American landscape.
His debut nonfiction book, We Survived the Night, which braids together reportage on Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada with personal narrative, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in North America, Profile Books in the United Kingdom, Albin Michel in France and Aufbau Verlag in Germany. He is also co-directing a documentary about the search for unmarked graves at the Indian residential school that his family was sent to in Williams Lake, British Columbia.
NoiseCat was formerly the Vice President of Policy & Strategy at Data for Progress, a think tank, and in that role he instigated and co-organized the campaign to make Deb Haaland the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. In 2019, he helped lead a grassroots effort to bring an Indigenous canoe journey to San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Alcatraz Occupation. Eighteen canoes representing communities from as far north as Canada and as far west as Hawaii participated in the journey, which was covered by dozens of local and national media outlets, including The New York Times.
Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, NoiseCat is a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie.