Currently retired she is enjoying writing her next books and travelling to provide learning and author sessions at schools and libraries across Canada.
She also used her own writing skills to produce books for young adults and children as well as professional books for teachers.
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.
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.