Christie Charles, also known as “Miss Christie Lee” is from Musqueam and Tsleil Wahtuth Nations and is a direct decedent of the great warrior Capilano. She was named the City of Vancouver’s first local Indigenous Poet Laureate in 2018. Christie is an accomplished spoken word artist with a background in Indigenous hip hop. She is a storyteller, poet, coastal hand drum singer, filmmaker and speaker for her ancestors, with a passion to empower Indigenous youth to be proud of their roots. Christie’s connections to multiple communities are instrumental in elevating the role of Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and urban Indigenous poetry, literary and cultural practices.