Sto:lo Poet and Author, Lee Maracle Death – Cause of Death

Lee Maracle Death – Cause of Death: Sto:lo poet, author and activist Lee Maracle passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. She was 71 years old.

Lee Maracle was the granddaughter of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1950 and grew up in the neighbouring city of North Vancouver as one of the first Indigenous children to be allowed to attend a normal state school.

The celebrated author once said; “My life has been a long, slow journey over very sharp rocks, but damn it if I didn’t dance over every last one of them.”

She wrote books such as Celia’s Song, I Am Woman, My Conversations with Canadians and Ravensong.

Maracle was one of the founders of the En’owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, British Columbia and the cultural director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

She gave hundreds of speeches on political, historical, and feminist sociological topics related to Indigenous people, and conducted dozens of workshops on personal and cultural reclamation.

Family, friends and collegues are mourning as they receive the news of the ‘brilliant author and inspiring activist’s’ death.

A post shared via Centre for Indigenous Studies’ Facebook page reads; Sharing on behalf of Professor Brenda Wastasecoot: “I’m very sad to hear of our dearest sister Lee Maracle has passed she has begun her journey home. She will be missed by all of us at the Centre for Indigenous Studies and First Nation House. I feel blessed that I got to work with such a courageous outspoken Indigenous woman. Lee Maracle you are one of my heroes, or sheroes, and I never got to thank you for all you have done for us, students, staff and faculty alike.”

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