Hope Matters, written by multiple award-winner Lee Maracle, in collaboration with her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, focuses on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation.
Maracle states that the book, "is also about the journey of myself and my two daughters." During their youth, Bobb and Carter wrote poetry with their mother, and eventually they all decided that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream.
Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation.
Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lo nation. Born in Vancouver, she grew up on the North Shore. The author of many critically acclaimed novels, including Sundogs, Daughters Are Forever, Ravensong and Celia's Song, she has also published short fiction, Sojourner's Truth and Other Stories and First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style. The granddaughter of the renowned Chief Dan George, she is considered to be a "knowledge keeper" of her people's history, and was one of the founders of the En'owkin Centre, the international school of Indigenous writing in Penticton, B.C. Widely published in anthologies and scholarly journals, she is also the author of Bent Box, a poetry book, the young adult novel, Will's Garden, and the autobiographical narratives of Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and I Am Woman. Currently an instructor and student mentor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, as well as the Traditional Teacher for First Nations' House at Toronto's Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle's writing and contributions to First Nations communities have been recognized by many awards, including the JT Stewart Award, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts for Ontario.
Columpa Bobb is an award-winning arts practitioner. For over twenty-five years, she has worked as a playwright, director, producer, photographer, poet and teacher, and has performed her original monologues and one-person shows across Canada. A Jessie Award winner, and two-time Dora Award nominee, Columpa is most recognized for the role of Mary Cook on the CBC Television show North of 60 and guest roles on the series The Rez. A member of the Sto:lo Nation's Seabird Island band, she's the great-granddaughter of Chief Dan George and the daughter of award-winning writer and academic Lee Maracle. Columpa has taught at numerous universities and high schools around the world and is a co-founder of an Indigenous Arts Training and Mentorship Program. She currently lives in Vancouver.
Vanvouver-born Tania Carter is an actor, playwright and poet. She is a member of the Sto:lo Nation. Hope Matters is a poetry book co-writtten by Carter, her sister Columpa Bobb, and their mother acclaimed author and activist Lee Maracle. After living for twenty years in Toronto, she now lives in Vancouver.
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