Fighting Indigenous author Lee Maracle dies at 71

This kind of change has started to happen across Canada. In recent years, the government has put in place a investigation on missing an...


This kind of change has started to happen across Canada. In recent years, the government has put in place a investigation on missing and murdered Indigenous women and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission focused on the approximately 150,000 Indigenous children who were separated from their families to attend assimilationist residential schools, the last of which closed in the late 1990s.

Ms. Maracle “was before the judgment,” said Daniel Justice, professor of Indigenous literature at the University of British Columbia. “She was one of the voices that helped announce the judgment and was relentless in her commitment to it.”

Waubgeshig Rice, an Anishinaabe Canadian journalist and author who co-hosts a Podcast on Indigenous Writing, said Ms. Maracle was one of the first writers on Indigenous life he ever read, and the experience had a lasting impact.

“She told the stories of her people in a very responsible, very effective and proud manner, and it inspired me to explore this way of telling stories,” said Mr. Rice. “I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t been influenced by her in some way.”

Marguerite Aline Carter was born July 2, 1950 in North Vancouver. (“Lee” was a nickname derived from Aline.) She was raised primarily by her mother, Jean (Crouze) Carter, a nurse and social worker. She grew up with a stepfather, Phillip Carter.

His father, Bob George, came from a socially prominent family – he was the son of the Oscar nominated actor Chief Dan George – but Mr. George did not recognize that he was his father until he was an adult.

She wrote in “I am a woman” that although her mother could not always give her enough to eat, she was brought up with “national pride, social conscience, fairness and a stubborn will”. As a girl she spent time with local luminaries like the legal activist AndrĂ© Paull and the bearer of ancient indigenous traditions Chef August Jack Khahtsahlano.

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