Chacaby has faced numerous challenges in her life that have prompted her to embark on a path of spiritual healing through art. Chacaby was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and was adopted by a French Canadian family. She was then found and returned home to her Cree kokum at the age of two to be raised in a remote Ojibwe community north of Lake Nipigon. As a two-spirited Elder and storyteller, she uses various media for personal and community spiritual healing. Chacaby is the author of A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder; an uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery.