Wendy Wickwire grew up on the south shore of Nova Scotia. In 1982, she moved to British Columbia to take a up a Killam postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology at UBC and she never left. She spent most of her working life teaching courses on oral history, BC history, Indigenous history and the history of anthropology on the Northwest Coast to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She held a cross-appointment in the School of Environmental Studies. Currently, Wickwire is an emeritus professor in the History Department.
In June 2019, Wickwire published her long-awaited biography of Shetland-Canadian ethnographer, James A. Teit (At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging) with UBC Press. Her earlier publications include the following: Stein: The Way of the River (with Michael M’Gonigle), which won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award at the 1989 BC Book Awards Ceremony; Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Harry Robinson), which won the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize for best regional book at the 1993 BC Book Awards Ceremony; Write It On Your Heart: The Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Harry Robinson) which was short-listed for the Roderick Haig-Brown book prize in 1990; and Living By Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory (with Harry Robinson). With the exception of Nature Power, which was published first with Douglas & McIntyre and then re-issued by Talonbooks, all of these books were published by Talonbooks. In 1997, Wickwire edited (with Michael M’Gonigle) a Canadian war diary entitled Victory Harvest: Diary of a Canadian in the Women’s Land Army, 1940-1944 (McGill-Queens). In addition to publishing books, she has published numerous articles in academic journals. Her article, “To See Ourselves as the Other’s Other: Nlaka’pamux Contact Narratives,” won the Canadian Historical Association’s prestigious “best article” award in 1995.
Wendy lives in Saanichton on Vancouver Island with her partner, Michael M’Gonigle.