Ruby Smith-Diaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton – amiskwaciy and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Since graduating, she has found her passion working as a body positive personal trainer, multi-disciplinary artist, and by using art and popular education as tools for organizing, empowerment, and community building. She is the founder of her own arts based facilitation business, Tierra Negra Arts, and body positive personal training business, Autonomy Fitness.
Ruby has been living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Territories for the last seven years, and is currently involved in several projects, including launching an arts-based Black Histories & Futures Workshop series for youth in schools, and creating haunting dissonant soundscapes through her musical project, Eclipse. In her free time, Ruby enjoys dancing, bike riding, connecting with friends, singing, and reading.