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In 1980 with The Trouble with Princesses, which retells stories about Northwest Coast princesses and compares them with old world European princesses, she won the Canada Council Childrens Literature prize (the forerunner of the Governor Generals Award for English Language childrens Literature) She became a member of the Order of Canada in 1980. In 1996 she produced a novelty book about how to read your cats personality based on its astrological sign.In 1998 Christie received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding literary career. After this in her mid fifties she decided to try her hand at a work of fiction. In 1820 shortly after her father's death she relocated to Kingston, Upper Canada (Now Ontario) to live with family. called to her and she that in the province until 1945. Doris became involved with the Local Womens Institute and in turn in the history of her community.She went on to earn a Bachelor in Social Work from the University of Regina.She had always loved writing and began to write seriously in the 1980s.Her stories were told in aboriginal settings teaching the need and respect for the balance of nature.She has been awarded the Canadian Association of Childrens Librarians Book of the Year Award for Ravens Cry in 1966, and in 1976 for Mouse Woman and the Vanished Princesses.She has published several books of poetry one of which Bear Bones and Feathers (Saskatoon, Coteau Books, 1994) received the Canadian Peoples Poet Award.She also sent a copy of her work to the Queen of England and the Pope.
She also used her own writing skills to produce books for young adults and children as well as professional books for teachers.Her Cree name is Sky Dancer and refers to the Northern lights.At the age of 7 she was sent to Blue Quilts Residential School in St. She choose not to return home but to remain and attend high School.Her works are know for their clarity and objectivity of her analysis of character. At the age of 12 while living with her family in the Fraser Valley she sold her 1 newspaper reports to the New Westminster Columbian.Her cousin , Egerton Ryerson, published her accounts of her early loyalist family life in his work The Loyalists of America and their times. She graduated from Normal School (teachers College) and began teaching in Surrey when she was just 17.