What do I call you: First Nations, Indians, Aboriginals, Indigenous?
The author discusses the ‘colonial convenience’ of calling many separate nations ‘Indigenous’ and the legacy of acultural colonial naming practices.
Lee Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed works including Ravensong, Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel, Daughters Are Forever, Celia’s Song (longlisted for CBC Canada Reads and a finalist for the ReLit Award), I Am Woman, First Wives Club, Talking to the Diaspora, Memory Serves: Oratories, and My Conversations with Canadians, which was a finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Award and the First Nation Communities READ 2018-19 Award, and continues to be a nonfiction bestseller. She is also the co-editor of the award-winning My Home As I Remember. Her latest book is Hope Matters, a poetry book collaboratively written by her daughters, Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Maracle received the J.T. Stewart Award, the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Blue Metropolis Festival First Peoples Prize, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and the Anne Green Award. Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University, is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In July 2019, she was announced as a finalist of the prestigious Neustadt Prize, popularly known as the American Nobel. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, Maracle currently lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto.