Outrunning the Wind

Ok, I will admit right at the start that this is a shameless plug for my husband, Pete Ladouceur’s book – Outrunning The Wind – which he has just published on Amazon for Kindle.  I am very proud of him and wanted to share my excitement over this accomplishment with everyone who will listen!Tara & Pete 2008

This book is a collection of short stories based on his experiences as a young Metis boy growing up in Canada’s far north.

The community he grew up in was so isolated you could only get to it by flying from Fort McMurray, Alberta to the Village of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta and then taking either a boat or a dog team (during the winter months) across 26 miles of open water or frozen ice on Lake Athabasca.

Pete spoke only Michif Cree until he was 7 years old and his family moved from their trapline into the Village of Fort Chipewyan so he and his older siblings could attend school.  Because English is NOT his mother tongue, he still unconsciously translates from Cree to English in his head while speaking, and this gives his speech a lovely, lilting and poetic cadence.

His book mirrors that way of thinking and speaking, and you can almost hear him telling you the stories himself in his soft, deep voice, with just a hint of laughter or sometimes tears.

If you want to know what it was like to grow up as a young Aboriginal boy in northern Canada in the 1940’s, then check out his book here:  Outrunning The Wind – by Peter George Ladouceur

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Water Is Life, Right?

Many don’t realize it, because in our humble Canadian way we don’t really promote it, but we have our own “Standing Rock” activists equivalent and our own #NODAPL right here in Alberta.

The group is call the “Keepers Of The Athabasca” and their mission, to quote, is

“To unite the peoples of the Athabasca River and Lake Watershed to secure and protect water and watershed lands for ecological, social, cultural and community health and well being”

This watershed is directly impacted by the Alberta oilsands projects, and it is showing the effects of cumulative pollution.  My own husband and his ancestors once made their living by trapping and commercial fishing Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta, and have seen first hand the changes since first the Bennett Dam and then the oil sands production have wreaked upon their traditional way of life.  Here is an except from my husbands book “Outrunning The Wind” in which he talks about his life as a young Metis boy living on the trapline:

“It is unfortunate that today the Athabasca Delta has been destroyed by the effects of the Bennett Dam in British Columbia, and also, to some degree from industrial pollution from southern oil sands operators.  Trappers who years ago drank the waters from the Athabasca river and lake now must buy bottled water distilled in France.  As they say “water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink”.  How true this saying is for the trappers and residents of the Athabasca Delta.”

This is my brother-in-law, Ray Ladouceur speaking with the Edmonton Journal regarding how this has impacted the area downstream from the Alberta oilsands:

My newest jewelry collection “Water is Life” will be available April 1st, 2017 featuring pieces that fit every budget from simple wooden pieces to Malachite, pearls and diamonds, with turtles being the focal of each piece.

10% of all sales from this collection will be donated to the Keepers of the Athabasca to help support the important work they do and bring attention to what is happening in our own backyard!

You can find out more about the Keepers Of The Athabasca and their sister groups by visiting their website here:  Keepers Of The Athabasca