Poetry Marching for Sindy

Poetry Marching for Sindy

76 pages
Publication Date: July 31, 2024

Dive into the powerful narrative of Poetry Marching for Sindy, Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau’s response to the disappearance of Sindy Ruperthouse, a woman from the Abitibiwinik First Nation who went missing in 2014. In this poignant seventh literary work, Bordeleau navigates the raw emotions of rage and sorrow as she bears witness to one family’s search for their daughter in the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. Through her evocative longform poem, with profound sensitivity Bordeleau brings readers along on her quest for understanding and justice in the face of inexplicable violence and rampant injustice.
Poetry Marching for Sindy is both a lament for a missing daughter and a celebration of women’s voices and the resilience of communities in the face of tragedy. Join Bordeleau on a journey of grief, longing and hope as she honours Sindy’s memory and amplifies the voices of those demanding justice and closure. Poetry Marching for Sindy is a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit and the unwavering power of collective action.

VIRGINIA PÉSÉMAPÉO BORDELEAU is a Cree visual artist, poet, and writer from Rapides-des-Cèdres in Jamésie, Quebec. She is the author of three novels and three poetry collections, including Poetry Marching for Sindy. She is the recipient of numerous prizes, awards, and scholarships both for her art and her literature, including the Prix littéraire de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2012 for Le Crabe noir, an unpublished collection of poetry. She frequently serves as a speaker on the subject of Indigenous art and literature in Canada and internationally.

SUSAN OURIOU is a Canadian fiction writer, literary translator, and editor from Red Deer, Alberta. She was the founding editor of the translation anthology TransLit and is an award–winning fiction writer. Her translation of Charlotte Gingras’ La liberté? Connais pas, titled in English as Pieces of Me, was awarded the Governor General’s Award for French to English translation in 2009. Six of her translations have been shortlisted for the award. In 2010, she was appointed a Chevalier in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her commitment to La Francophonie through her work as a writer, translator and interpreter. The Future, her translation of Catherine Leroux’s L’avenir was longlisted for the Carol Shields Prize and the winner of the 2024 Canada Reads competition. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.


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