Over time, we will “review her legacy and see how revolutionary she is,” said writer Waubgeshig Rice. Poet, writer and teacher Lee Maracle died in Surrey, British Columbia, at the age of 71. This award-winning author and respected mentor has gained worldwide attention for his strong writing and lifelong efforts to fight the aboriginal oppression in Canada.
Tribute events flooded Maracle’s social media pages in recognition of her life’s work and her tireless efforts to mentor other indigenous writers. Family members confirmed that Maracle passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital early on November 11. Sid Bobb said that his mother has many things: “A great warrior and a caring love.” She dedicated her life to helping others get rid of poverty and inequality.
The award-winning Ontario writer Warburg Higrace said that Malakell was a huge, heartbreaking loss, an “aunt” who supported him but criticized him and helped guide him as a young writer. already left. Rice said that he read Malakell’s work when he was a teenager and a young writer, and then met her in a reading in his 30s, and said that she never missed the release of any of his books.
“She was there at every step of my literary journey,” Rice said. “I don’t think she has received the praise she deserves in the wider field of Canadian literature. I think it’s because she is an Aboriginal woman. “I hope everyone can look back at her legacy and see how revolutionary she is.”
Maracle’s work has won numerous literary awards. Her novel “Song of Celia” was shortlisted for the 2020 New Town International Literary Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. Previous Canadian nominees include Nobel Prize winners Alice Munro and Rohinton Mistry, the latter won the New Town in 2012.