Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Canada

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Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is an Innu poet and multi-disciplinary artist from the north coast of Québec, born in 1991. In 2012 she was one of the voices in the indigenous protest movement Idle No More. She uses Slam Poetry to give expression to themes and problems concerning Canada’s indigenous population. Her first book of poems N’entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures was awarded the Prix des écrivains francophones d’Amérique. She also makes appearances as a performance artist and acts in the theatre and on television. In her poetry she mixes the sounds of the language of protest with indigenous voices and traditional songs.

Publications (Selection):
N’entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures. Mémoire d’encrier, 2012
Manifeste Assi. Mémoire d’encrier, 2014
Bleuets et abricots. Mémoire d’encrier, 2016
Nanimissuat Île-tonnerre. Mémoire d’encrier, 2018

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