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Session Stream 1: Language and Culture


Language and Culture

1a. Les Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’usage du français

Marie-Claude Rioux

Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Venue: Imperial Ballroom (Simultaneous translation to English)


Les  conséquences de la Déportation se font toujours sentir en Acadie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le traité de Paris de 1763 a, certes, permis aux Acadiens de réintégrer leur territoire, mais il leur imposait une condition : celle de ne pas former de groupes suffisamment importants pour constituer une menace. Venez découvrir de quelle façon les Acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont réagi à cette contrainte au fil des ans et comment celle-ci s’exerce encore aujourd’hui sur leurs actions.

Née à Shippagan, au Nouveau-Brunswick, Marie-Claude Rioux vit en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle occupe actuellement le poste de directrice-générale de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

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1b. Spin me a yarn, tell me a tale

Liz Newkirk & Steve Vernon

Saturday 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Venue: Vanguard 1


Storytelling is alive and well in the Maritimes, both in the oral tradition and on the written page. Storyteller/author Steve Vernon and storyteller Liz Newkirk will delve into the art and magic of this age-old celebration of the spoken word, exploring its world roots and Maritime connections. And yes, tales will be told!

Storyteller Liz Newkirk performs personal, world, and Maritime tales at many venues for audiences of all ages and enjoys coaching aspiring tellers in her workshops.

Steve Vernon writes and tells stories torn from history and folklore. With over 20 books written, he teaches storytelling and writing to students across Canada.

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1c. Learning, teaching, surviving, revitalizing: An introduction to the Mi’kmaw Language

Curtis Michael

Saturday, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Venue: Vanguard 2


Many consider Mi’kmaw to be a dying aboriginal language and despair for the future of the culture, but this is not the whole story. Come explore this beautiful and complex language with a Mi’kmaw language and culture teacher, and then listen to stories of how he and his colleagues are working to revitalize the language and build respect for the culture in their school, Lnu Sipuk Kinamuokuom, in Indian Brook, Nova Scotia.

Curtis Michael teaches Mi’kmaw language and culture at L'nu Sipuk Kina'matnuokuom in Indian Brook First Nation. He frequently shares his innovative language learning resources with colleagues, most recently with Quechua teachers in Peru.


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1d. Légendes et contes acadiens

Anne LeBlanc

 Sunday, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Venue: Vanguard 2

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Anne LeBlanc racontera des légendes et des contes acadiens dans la langue de la région de Clare, située dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour faciliter la compréhension, elle présentera des versions écrites des contes, accompagnées de toiles qu’elle a peintes pour les illustrer. Cette expérience aidera les participants à mieux comprendre la culture acadienne et la richesse de la langue de ce peuple.

Artiste visuelle, conteuse, écrivaine et comédienne, Anne LeBlanc s’intéresse de près à sa culture et offre, dans les écoles, des ateliers d’illustration de contes pour faire rayonner la richesse de la culture acadienne.

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1e. Political writing: Words that ruffle feathers and create change

Tim Bousquet, Dan Leger, & Jane Taber
Gary Burrill (moderator)

Sunday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Venue: Admiral Room


Three experienced and well-respected Halifax-based journalists will talk about the process of political writing. Whether discussing an election campaign, a financial scandal, or simply the day-to-day political world, their comments will be insightful, provocative, and perhaps surprising. What are the challenges of political writing? Are there any rules? What is the role of the editor? How has political writing changed since the advent of online journalism?

Tim Bousquet is news editor of The Coast. He has been reporting on municipal politics across North America for over 20 years.

After 35 years as a reporter and editor at The Canadian Press, CBC TV, and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Dan Leger is currently a newspaper columnist and radio and television commentator.

Jane Taber is the Globe and Mail's Atlantic bureau chief. Most of her career has been spent covering politics on Parliament Hill.

Gary Burrill is a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly, representing the constituency of Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley. He is a United Church minister and was previously editor of New Maritimes, a magazine of regional politics and culture.

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1f. The voices in my head: The real housewives of Cape Breton

Lesley Crewe

Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Venue: Vanguard 2


Lesley will speak about her experience as a novelist living in and writing about rural Cape Breton. How to bring authentic regional characters to life without alienating everyone in her small town. The fine line a writer and an editor walk to celebrate marvelous characters without turning them into cartoons. The relationship she needed to establish with her readers (and neighbours!) before they trusted her not to embarrass them in front of the world.

Lesley Crewe is a storyteller, magazine columnist, screenwriter, and author of six best-selling novels, including Relative Happiness and her latest, Kin.

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1g. Meet The Coast: Halifax’s sassiest 20-year-old

Kyle Shaw, Stephanie Johns, & Allison Saunders

Sunday, 1:45 pm– 2:45 pm

Venue: Britannia Room


Twenty years ago a handful of journalism school graduates started a paper that today remains independently owned and has become a must-read for arts, entertainment, and city politics. Coast staff members will tell you the story of this irreverent, informative, and investigative publication with its struggles and successes. Editors will enjoy discussing The Coast’s lively use of the English language, whether it be about love, sex, or city hall.

Kyle Shaw is editor and co-founder of The Coast, Halifax's weekly newspaper. He is gobsmacked that the paper turns 20 years old in June.

Stephanie Johns, the arts and life editor at The Coast, is also a musician and nail artist.

A world traveller and volleyball player, Allison Saunders is food and life editor at The Coast.

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Word Tasting Breaks

James Harbeck

Sunday, Breaks (10:15, 11:30, 2:45)

Venue: Georgian Lounge


Words are delicious and intoxicating. They do much more than just denote; they have appearance, sound, a feel in the mouth, a history, and other words they sound like and travel with. All of these participate in the aesthetic experience of the word and can affect communication. Take a little word tasting break to open new avenues of expressivity.

James Harbeck is an experienced editor and a trained linguist. He is author of the language blog Sesquiotica, featuring daily word tasting notes. 


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