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Dwayne LaFitte

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Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Small-Scale Activities

Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

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Preserving Qalipu Mi’kmaq Stories in a Visual Memoir

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Dwayne LaFitte in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Photo courtesy of Dwayne LaFitte

Technology helped Newfoundland and Labrador author Dwayne LaFitte overcome the challenges of the pandemic and craft a visual memoir manuscript detailing the feats of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq.

An inspiring and profound sense of pride and honour

In 2016 and 2017, author Dwayne LaFitte travelled to the west coast of Newfoundland to immerse himself in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq culture, originally intending to write an illustrated children’s book. The Elders and communities in the region shared tales of happiness, heroism, hardship, survival and perseverance that inspired him to pursue a larger project.

Overcoming pandemic challenges with technology

LaFitte planned to revisit the community in 2020 to learn more about important stories and memories to create Perseverance: Accounts of Qalipu Mi’kmaq Survival. The non-fiction book will help share these vital pieces of Indigenous history with Canadians. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, he reached out to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq through social media and other virtual means. With a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, LaFitte obtained software technology that enabled him to integrate visuals into his original research and produce a publishable manuscript.


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