Canada Month 2021 : detailed program

From march 22 to 28, the film ‘The Blinding Sea’ will be streaming (with French subtitles available). The film will be followed by a video-conference with its director, George Tombs, on monday march, 29th at 6pm.

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‘The Blinding Sea’ traces the career of the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who was the first to cross the Northwest passage and to reach the south pole. Shot across Alaska, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the Beaufort Sea, the Austral and Antarctic oceans, the film highlights the tension between the traditional Inuit knowledge and the European scientific paradigm

Reading of Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake‘s poems by Corinne Beoust (translator, and author of the collection published with the Editions Les 17 muscles de la langue). More information on the Maison de la poésie website.

Daughter of a First Nation chief and of an English society lady, artist full of charisma who stirred the crowds both in Canada and in England, prolific poet and successful writer, Pauline Johnson knew her glory hour around the Xxth century, before slowly falling into oblivion. She was the first indigenous person to reach a large audience within the white anglophone majority.


Video-conference on the Arctic : Mikaa Mered, author of ‘The Polar Worlds’ PUF 2019.

Inscriptions open in early May on the UGA website

Mikaa Mered is a teacher in geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic poles at the International relations school ILERI, a lecturer at NEOMA Business School and Sciences Po Rennes, and an expert-evaluator among the European Comission.

MAY 16 6PM CAFE THEATRE La Guinguette, Fontaine, in-person or online

Catherine Pichette will give a public reading of the extract Carmen – québécois character who emigrated to Spain – from the collective novel Ellipse, by the writing collective Les Filles du vent, of which she is a member.

Voice : Laure Pinatel

Dates : June 5 and June 13, 2021 at 6.30 p.m.
Price : 10 euros
Places: café-théâtre La Guinguette, 80 Avenue du Vercors, 38600 Fontaine, 38600 Fontaine
Reservation is required (SMS) : 06 51 26 80 05
Reduced gauge and mandatory mask

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“My love, it is 5 in the morning and I am calling you until I cannot write any longer. Outside, it is raining so much you could drink it standing up – inside too. Today, I am 58 years old. The same age my mother was when she died. Yes.”

Collaborating with : Centre d’Etudes Canadiennes de Grenoble, Interlude et cie. Staging by Laure Pinatel. Presented at the Café-théâtre La Guinguette on the 16th of May at 6pm.  If health requirements do not allow for a public reading indoor, it will be performed on the 16th of May at 6pm via the Facebook page of “Les Filles du vent”.

Ningeokuluk Teevee, Untitled (Sedna by the Sea), 2001-2002, 50,6 x 33,1 cm, ink on paper


Julie Graff conference (online or in-person) : Numa ! Imaq ! Inuit contemporary art facing the environmental crises of the 21th century (Inscriptions coming).

Inscriptions open in early May on the UGA website

Since the 1940s, contemporary Inuit artists have been exploring their relationships with territory, between land (Nuna) and sea (Imaq). Through multiple visual and literary works, these men and women artist have retraced the region’s memory or denounced its colonization. More recently, their artwork have been analysing the environmental crises’ impact in the whole Arctic, testifying of its consequences on the population, both human and non-human. This conference thus intends to focus on the statement, through artistic creation, of Inuit perspectives on the 21th century environmental challenges.

Julie Graff is a doctor in social anthropology and ethnology at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and in Art History at the University of Montréal. She is also a Scholar of the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum, and member of the Paris Social Anthropology Laboratory. Her research focuses on art, material civilization and Inuit museology.

Moderator : Laurence Delpérié, Doctor at the Laboratoire de linguistique et didactique des langues étrangères et maternelles.

BIBLIOTHEQUE DROIT-LETTRES UGA, september 21 to october 21, 2021.

Photo exhibition and projection of a video by Michèle Waquant

Video “Milles rivières,” 70 minutes (journey to the end of road 138 along the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence in Quebec).
Photographs from 2009 taken in New Quebec, between the Manicouagan dam and the lost city of Gagnon, and in Labrador, during the location scouting for the “Milles rivières” video. Photographs from 2014 taken in the Baie-Saint-Paul region, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence.

Born in Quebec in 1948, Michèle Waquant lives and works in France since 1980. She taught in art schools between 1990 and 2015, at l’École nationale supérieure d’art de Dijon, at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and at l’École Nationale Supérieure d’arts Paris-Cergy.

Through a multidisciplinary practice via video, photography, painting, drawing and writing, the artist highlights the complex interactions between primary elements, trees, animals and humans in the environment.

An overview of the photographs is available here.


Norman MacLAREN (1914-1987) is considered as one of the world’s greatest masters of animated film. His name is closely related to the National Film Board of Canada.

CINEMATHEQUE (program postponed until further notice) information on the Cinémathèque de Grenoble website.

 MON ONCLE ANTOINE (film de Claude Jutra 1971)

The film is set in the 1940s, in Black Lake (now Thetford Mines), Quebec. In such small villages, the general store is a forum for exchanges and a magnet to the whole community. On Christmas eve, the locals thus meet up there. With his humour and his splashes of gin, the shop owner Uncle Antoine entertains the party, under the attentive look of his nephew Benoît (15 years old), who is orphaned and lives at his uncle’s.

Translated by Clémentine Stéphant.

Citer ce billet
Liliane Bois-Simon (2021, 10 mai). Canada Month 2021 : detailed program. What Holds Canada Together ? Consulté le 15 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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