Francophone Indigenous Voices from Quebec




This course will explore Indigenous arts and literature from Quebec, from 1975 until present day. We will examine the ways in which these contemporary francophone artists re-write colonial histories, assert Indigenous cultural sovereignty, make place for Indigenous languages, and represent positive interpersonal relationships. The course will draw from a variety of literary genres (poetry, short story, essay, autobiography, historical fiction) as well as visual art and cinema. In addition, the works considered will be by artists from diverse nations (Cree, Innu, Algonquin, Métis). In these ways, students will come to understand the many diverse forms of the contemporary Indigenous “renaissance.” The course will be held in English. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Required texts:

Kuessipan by Naomi Fontaine
Assi Manifesto by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
Blue Bear Woman by Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau
A selection of additional texts and resources will be made available on the course menu on Quercus.

Assignments and evaluation:

Personal response papers (30%)
In class mid-term test (30%)
Final paper (25%)
Participation (15%)