Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation; grandmother of four, mother of four who was born in North Vancouver, BC. Her works include the novels; Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Sundogs, short story collection; Sojourner’s Truth, poetry collection; Bentbox, and non-fiction work; I Am Woman. She is Co-editor of My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures, editor of a number of poetry works, Gatherings journals and has published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and America.
Ms. Maracle is a both an award winning author and teacher. She currently is Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she also is a teacher and also the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.
Maracle’s “I Am Woman” is one of the most influential books in Canada concerning feminism. Maracle takes an approach to racism and sexism in which she seeks to empower Indigenous women and girls. In an excerpt from an interview with the CWILA, Maracle said “Marilyn Dumont said it best: “If you are an Aboriginal woman who wants to be a writer, you are going to have a hard time.” This is still true. The majority of book buyers are women and the majority of books sold are by men,”.