Chyana Marie Sage

Chyana Marie Sage is a Cree, Métis, and Mohawk writer from Northern Alberta, Canada. Her debut personal essay “Soar” won first place in the Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and then went on to win the Silver Medal in the National Magazine Awards in Canada.

As an Indigenous woman and descendant of Residential School and Sixties Scoop survivors, healing and overcoming intergenerational trauma is the motif of her life. Through her writing, she aims to critique the legacies of colonialism and fights against the narrative that what happened was a long time ago, and that Indigenous people need to “get over it." Her writing is a celebration of culture, showing the ways that Indigenous methods, cultural stories and practices have great capacity for healing.

Her memoir, Soft as Bones, is forthcoming with House of Anansi, January 2025. You can also find her consistently publishing with HuffPost in her free time.

When she is not writing, you can find her wandering the paths in Riverside Park, engaged in ceremony, traveling to places she has never been before, and falling in love with all of them.


Writing alumna Chyana Marie Sage ’23 is set to publish her memoir Soft as Bones with House of Anansi in January 2025.