Category: Culture

Acadian Driftwood

Categories: Culture

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

Recording history: the photography of Rudolphe LeMay

One summer when I was about six years old, my parents bought me a small Kodak camera and some black & white film. I remember the fun I had, taking pictures of people and things that grabbed my interest and sending the film away to be developed. Now, most of us take pictures with our

Take a road trip through Acadia this week

This week you can celebrate Acadia’s unique history and culture with a virtual road trip through nine Acadian territories: Dieppe, Moncton, Edmundston, Caraquet, Kedgwick, Memramcook, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Louisiana. The Festival Acadie Rock, produced by the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and available to all through Facebook, Radio-Canada,, ICI Acadie, and ICI ARTV,

Brother Marie-Victorin, botanist, author, and educator

“Whether botanist, zoologist, entomologist or geologist we can, by working with sound methodology, make our modest contribution. And it is drops of water that make up the sea. The great works of natural history are built upon the patient analysis of the accumulated material of countless researchers.”   – Brother Marie-Victorin (translated) I’m a bit of

Alèthe Kaboré: Science meets fashion and the results are beautiful

Starting a new business is challenging at the best of times, but it’s especially so when a pandemic comes along and changes your plans. Alèthe Kaboré is a Francophone Canadian originally from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She moved to Alberta in 2006 to pursue a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in Public Health at

Joe Fafard, Fransaskois artist

“Joe Fafard: Selfie“, a documentary about one of Canada’s best-loved visual artists, is  a finalist at this year’s Gemini Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of Canada’s television industry. A nationally and internationally acclaimed sculptor, Fafard, was born in a log house in the tiny French and Metis farming community of Ste. Marthe, Saskatchewan.  The