Chyana Marie Sage

Indigenous Writer

Hello! My name is Chyana Marie Sage and I am a Cree, Métis, and Salish writer from Northern Alberta, Canada.

You can read my essay “Soar” that won first place in the Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and then went on to win the Silver Medal in the National Magazine Awards here.

As an Indigenous woman and descendant of Residential School and Sixties Scoop survivors, writing about and overcoming intergenerational trauma is the motif of my life.

I aim to critique the legacies of colonialism and fight against the narrative that what happened was a long time ago, and that Indigenous people need to “get over it.”

My writing is also a celebration of culture, attempting to show the ways that Indigenous methods and cultural practices have great capacity for healing.

Elements of intergenerational trauma, depression, and anxiety are all at play in my poems, children’s stories, essays, and soon to be memoir.

You can purchase my poetry books here.

I am currently living in New York City, working on my MFA at Columbia University, graduating in 2023.