Category: Culture

Introducing Rose Fleury, Michif Elder, historian, storyteller, and genealogist

Categories: Culture

I’m a fan of Michif (Métis) visual artist Christi Belcourt’s art.  I recently learned that the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon, SK has a large collection of Belcourt’s paintings, including her portrait of Rose Fleury, shown above.  Rose Fleury was born Rose Gariepy near Duck Lake, Saskatchewan in 1926. She was raised by her maternal

Read this and be inspired…

In June, Librairies indépendantes du Québec released a resource called Je lis autochtone! (I read Indigenous), a fifty-two-page booklet to help readers discover the variety and richness of Indigenous literatures. Je lis autochtone! includes a host of reading suggestions, advice from booksellers, book reviews, author interviews and portraits, and suggestions of other resources to learn

The travelling tree project: the Francophone community of the West Kootenay 

The Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest (AFKO) has created a portrait of the diversity and richness of the Francophone community of the West Kootenay. L’Arbre ambulant (the travelling tree) project coordinator Mohammed Koné asked 175 students from local schools as well as adults in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia to share their

Shining a spotlight on Canada’s Francophone artists

Thursday, June 24th is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and it’s also launch-day for the third annual Tout pour la musique. Tout pour la Musique is an online event that celebrates some of our country’s most accomplished artists and invites all Canadians, regardless of mother tongue,  to come together and show their pride in and solidarity with French-speaking

The Salon du livre de Vancouver: discovering new  worlds

I live in a small community in interior BC. It’s a beautiful place and I’ve made a great life here, but it’s several hours away from the nearest city, and sometimes I’ve missed being able to go to festivals and events happening in Vancouver or Calgary. In this way, the pandemic has been a game-changer.

Acadian Driftwood

It’s the month of the Francophonie, and this year’s RVF celebrates the many facets of Acadia, so I thought… What better time to read Tyler Leblanc’s new book, Acadian Driftwood: One Family and the Great Expulsion? Leblanc is a journalist, screenwriter, and storyteller living in Halifax. He grew up in an English-speaking family and didn’t

Claude Picard – Painter of Acadian History

This year’s RVF theme is ACADIA, at the heart of my country! One language, thousands of stories. In the coming weeks, I will tell a few of these stories.  This week: one of Acadia’s most famous artists, Claude Picard, who painted colourful and descriptive portraits, paintings, and frescoes drawing from historical Acadian themes.  You can

An exceptional athlete: Édouard Fabre

Eighty years after his death, the “French-Canadian Iron Man”, Édouard Fabre is still thought of as one of Canada’s most successful marathon runners. In 30 years, he competed in over 315 races and won 37 Canadian, European, and American titles.  Born in 1885 in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec (now part of the Borough of L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève in Montréal),

Made in Quebec: Kuessipan and Call Me Human

It’s an unseasonably warm December day here in Nelson, BC, and this is my last blog post of 2020. To celebrate, I thought I’d write about a couple of exceptional Quebec-made movies I enjoyed this year. I saw Kuessipan, a drama directed by Myriam Verreault and adapted from a novel by Naomi Fontaine, as part

Celebrating the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

This week is the 15th anniversary of the creation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This legally-binding international agreement, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on October 20th, 2005, reaffirms the right of states to adopt policies that nurture creativity and recognize the contributions of creators