Books

Naomi Sayers recommends I Am Woman by Lee Maracle

Every day in June, an Indigenous writer will recommend a book they love by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit author from Canada.
Naomi Sayers is the author behind the blog Kwe Today. (Naomi Sayers/Press Gang Publishers)

June is Indigenous Book Club Month. CBC Books will publish a recommendation each day from an Indigenous writer for a book written by another Indigenous author.

Naomi Sayers recommends I Am Woman by Lee Maracle.

"I first came across the book in my undergraduate studies while at Western University. I re-read the book after someone reminded how the book is a collection of essays, without any citations. When I first read the book, I didn't really pay attention to the fact there we no citations. After this person reminded me of this fact, I went back to read it and it was more powerful than when I first read it. Finally, in my final year of law school, I found a text where Lee Maracle discusses I Am Woman and talks about the importance of story in the context of western theories and limitations of western theories when it comes to our stories. Lee Maracle talks about her story as theory, not just an example within a theory. This is powerful, for me as an Indigenous woman, because, more often than not, Indigenous women's experiences are only used as examples within western theorizing. Their stories and experiences are dismissed and relegated to the periphery. I Am Woman, thus, centres Indigenous women's stories without the need to justify our authority by relying on western theories."

Naomi Sayers is a fierce Indigenous feminist, influencer, writer and educator. A future lawyer, she is passionate about working with Indigenous communities or organizations with an Indigenous focus. With her life experiences, Naomi enjoys inspiring others to make the change possible in their world. Naomi is the Kwe behind Kwe Today, a blog that is regularly cited around the world. Her work is also used by national and international organizations to influence policy and law reform.

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