Ryan was born on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Canada. She is from the Tsimshian Nation and of the Killer Whale Clan on her mother’s side, and of Irish and French ancestry on her father’s side. She is a recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and is participating in a Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange with SHORE & Whariki Research Centre. She is completing an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia located on the traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Prince George, Canada. Her research draws parallels and contrasts Māori Planning in Aotearoa to First Nations Planning in Canada to determine how knowledge can be shared to support Indigenous peoples navigating settler colonial societies. Overall, her research focusses on resistance and generative refusal globally, including Indigenous community planning in Canada, Central America, and Aotearoa New Zealand.