Hope Matters

Moderator: Joanne Arnott

Event Number: 10
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Hope Matters

Tuesday, Oct 22
6:00pm - 7:15pm

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

“Hope frees, hope relieves; hope moves us… In the end, Hope Matters.” So begins a powerful collection of poetry from literary matriarch, Lee Maracle, and her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, depicting the journey of Indigenous peoples from colonialism to reconciliation. Hailed by authors, media, politicians and community leaders, and quickly becoming a modern classic, its pages contain a powerful, moving conversation steeped in loss, acceptance and belief. The three family members and cocreators discuss the process of collaborating; the movement of this book from dream to reality; and the timeless role of women in ensuring that hope endures in the face of all.

About the moderator:
Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood author and editor, currently Poetry Mentor for SFU’s The Writers Studio, and Poetry Editor for EVENT Magazine. Joanne received the Gerald Lampert Award (1992), and the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts (2017). Recent books are a poetry chapbook, Pensive & beyond (Nomados 2019) and a co-edited collection, Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry by Vera Manuel (University of Manitoba Press 2019).

Event Participants:

Columpa Bobb

British Columbia

Columpa Bobb is an award-winning theatre performer, producer, director, and playwright. For more than a decade Bobb ran Canada’s largest and most extensive empowerment through the arts training program for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg, which culminated in the creation of Urban Indigenous Theatre Company, Manitoba’s only professional theatre organization by and for Indigenous people. Bobb is a co-author of Hope Matters, written collaboratively with her mother Lee Maracle and sister Tania Carter.

Tania Carter

British Columbia

Tania Carter is an actor, playwright and poet whose work has appeared in anthologies and scholarly journals. A member of the Sto:lo Nation, she holds a BA in World Literature and a Masters Degree in Theatre, with a specialization in Playwriting. Carter is a co-author of Hope Matters, written collaboratively with her mother Lee Maracle and sister Columpa Bobb. After living in Toronto for twenty years, she now lives in British Columbia.

Lee Maracle


Lee Maracle is the author of numerous books, including My Conversations with Canadians, finalist for the Toronto Book Award and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Her latest book is Hope Matters, written with daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter. Maracle has received many awards and recognitions and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. A member of the Stó:lo¯ Nation, she lives and teaches in Toronto. Maracle is a finalist for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.