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Louise Abbott finished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Assocation) in June of 2015, producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape Hope Island, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island during COTA's annual general meeting in Eastmain in July.

One of the panels features a reproduction of a detailed watercolour by Townships artist Dominique Gagnon that shows the location of  homes and dog teams as well as other aspects of life on the island during the Inuit occupation from the 1920s to 1960. Mini Aodla Freeman, the only surviving Inuk to have been born and raised on Nunaaluk, provided a sketch for Dominique and conferred with her on numerous occasions as Dominique's painting evolved. Dominique wanted to include Inuktitut names, and Mini kindly provided those for her.

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The second panel features historical photos of Nunaaluk, including family patriarch George Weetaltuk, and a bilingual text by Louise Abbott outlining the history of the Inuit occupation of the island. Mini Aodla Freeman acted as a consultant on this panel, too.

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Our thanks to Mini and Dominique for their help. Our thanks to Lettrage Fortin in Magog for mounting the panels and building and painting the posts. And finally, our thanks to COTA for the commission.

 

Educational Fair Dealing

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As a book author, I rely on royalties from my work. Because more and more schools, colleges, and universities in Canada are opting out of paying for copying rights through our national reprography collective, Access Copyright, authors across the country are losing royalties that were once so important to their annual revenue.

If Canadian authors continue to be stripped of their royalties, how can they continue to create content for educational purposes?

Teachers are rewarded for the work that they do. Shouldn't authors receive payment when teachers use authors' materials in their courses?

Access Copyright has posted an article about educational "fair dealing" and an accompanying video:

http://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/bulletins/what-is-educational-fair-dealing-video

I urge you to find out more about this issue. If you want to tell your local MP about it, you can find his/her email address at www.parl.gc.ca

I rarely go on my soapbox, but I know how crucial this issue is to Canadian creators.

Louise Abbott

 

Visiting a Historic Round Barn

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As part of the Journées Culturelles (Culture Days), the Austin Cultural Committee invited Louise Abbott to act as  guide for a tour on September 27 of the historic round barn  on her family's former farm on Austin Bay, Lake Memphremagog. As luck would have it, Don Fisher, whose family owned the property prior to the Abbott family's occupancy, was on hand. Louise asked if he would serve as co-guide. He agreed, offering rich personal reminscences of dairy farming, chicken farming, and gladioli raising. Below is a photo of the round barn that Niels Jensen produced, along with a couple of pictures of the proceedings that Blanche Paquette, the community development agent for Austin, kindly provided.

 

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purple-irisRural Route Communications partner Niels Jensen has always enjoyed photographing flora, day or night. Here's a purple iris that he commemorated in our garden yesterday evening. 

 
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