In Memoriam: Lee Maracle (1950-2021)

Nov 15, 2021

Award-winning Sto:lo author, poet, cultural commentator, Officer of the Order of Canada and mentor Lee Maracle passed away on November 11th, 2021.

As per the CBC, "The award-winning writer and esteemed mentor garnered worldwide attention for her powerful writing and life-long efforts to fight Indigenous oppression in Canada. Tributes are pouring into Maracle's social media page, honouring her life's work and her untiring energy to mentor other Indigenous writers. Family members confirmed that Maracle died in Surrey Memorial Hospital early Nov. 11. Sid Bobb says his mother was many things: "a wondrous warrior and a loving love" who dedicated her life to helping others rise from poverty and inequality."

Maracle's works included Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism, My Conversations With Canadians, and Memory Serves: Oratories.

A giant in the Indigenous writing scene, Lee Maracle's legacy will not be forgotten any time soon, as her mentorship of many young authors and her own incisive commentaries will be important for decades to come. We are proud to have published Memory Serves with Lee, as the arguments contained within it present much-needed alternative views to conventional Canadian society, valuable perspectives that can help our society going forward.