For the Record: Christie Charles Poet Laureate

The City of Vancouver welcomed Christie Charles as Vancouver’s 5th poet laureate in a May 15th ceremony. (City of Vancouver/ Vancouver.ca)

On May 15th, 2018 the city of Vancouver appointed its first ever Indigenous poet laureate. Christie Charles, also known as Miss Christie Lee, joined me this episode of For the Record on Evolution 107-9. She is an Indigenous spoken word artist, musician, rapper, poet and storyteller from Musqueum. We talked about her music and writing and what this role means to her.

Charles explained that having this platform to share stories of her people is important in continuing to lift up Indigenous voices, especially young Indigenous voices.

Charles writes, performs, and works in English and in her Musqueum dialect, which is an endangered language. She hopes to revitalize Indigenous languages and continue to teach younger generations about her community’s ancestry through her work, and says the best thing people can do to learn and support artists from Indigenous communities is to take the time to listen to them.

Click the link below for the full interview.