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A collection of women’s poems to illustrate the stories of the North Coast

North Shore Witch Granddaughters It highlights the experiences of indigenous women in the region.

The title idea is of a witch who does magic but got burned in the past. I have a desire to understand how women are violated and to value their voices Alexandra Tanguay-Viriault explains.

Alexandra Tanguay-Verreault is an artist from the North Shore, but also a social worker.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Charles-Etienne Drouin

She collects testimonials from women on the North Shore, then draws inspiration from their stories when writing and drawing.

The artist uses active listening, a technique she has mastered as a social worker.

Whether they are mothers, workers, spouses or caregivers, at the time of the interview, and then throughout the work period, these women will be put forward.indicate.

I am interested in promoting the normal among the women of the North Shore and providing them with a space where they can shine for a moment. »

Quote from Alexandra Tanguay Vireault, North Shore Artist

Unknown and miscellaneous poems

However, the identity of the women interviewed can be protected. They will have a say in the final poems submitted to Nord-Côtiers.

Confidentiality is important, but it is also an aspect of co-building. A semi-finished product will be sent to the ladies. They will be able to tell me if I need to remove certain parts. Not everyone wants to be identified in my poemsas you say.

You consider it important that Innu contribute to the work.

Indigenous women represent the North Coast. They are the first peoples. It is important to include it in my collectionshe believes.

Drawings on a table.

North Shore artist Alexandra Tanguay-Friault also illustrates through photographs the words of the women she interviewed.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Charles-Etienne Drouin

Events planned for the fall

The poet estimates that she will be able to complete the first edition of the collection during the summer of 2023. At that time, the public will be invited to a public reading, notably at Port-Cartier, Sept-Ile and Natachquan.

In the Sept-Îles Library, in the fall, there will be an exhibition with vernissage. Women may like to read poems that interest them. After that, there might be something going on in Havre Saint-Pierre as you say.

Dozens of poems are planned. Much has already been written in full swing.

Alexandra Tanguay Viriault indicates that the scholarship calq It is used in part to reward women who participate in labour.

It does not close the door on the possibility of group-based book publishing.

She is one of five artists from Cote-Nord who have received financial support under the Cote-Nord Regional Partnership Programme. According to a Quebec press release, the other four are Catherine Arsenault, Michel Lefort, Eric Millet and Émilie Bednault.

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