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Joséphine Bacon
Canadian poet and documentary filmmaker

Joséphine Bacon

Joséphine Bacon
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Intro Canadian poet and documentary filmmaker
Is Poet Filmmaker Documentary filmmaker Writer
From Canada
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 1947, Pessamit, Canada
Age 75 years
Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec 2018
honorary doctorate at the Laval University  
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Joséphine Bacon (born April 23, 1947), is an Innu poet from Pessamit in Quebec. She publishes in French and Innu-aimun. She has also worked as a translator, community researcher, documentary filmmaker, curator and as a song writer for Chloe Sainte-Marie and Alexandre Belliard. She has also curated an exhibit at the Grande Bibliotheque in Montreal, Quebec and teaches at Kiuna Institution in Odanak.

Early Life

Bacon was born in the Innu community of Pessamit in 1947 and spent the first five years of her life out on the land with her family before entering boarding school in Maliotenam. In the 1960s she moved to Quebec City where she worked as a secretary, later attending secretarial school in Ottawa run by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. She moved to Montreal in 1968 and later became a translator and transcriber for anthropologists interviewing important Innu elders and knowledge keepers in Labrador and Quebec.


  • Désobéissons ! Eka pashishtetau !. Tinqueux : Éditions du Centre de créations pour l'enfance, 2019
  • Uiesh |Quelque part. Montréal, Mémoire d’encrier, 2018
  • A tea in the tundra = Nipishapui nete mushuat. translated by Donald Winkler. Bookland Press, 2017
  • Guetter l'aurore : littératures et résistances, 1944-2014. Genouilleux: Passe du Vent, 2014
  • Akin Kadipendag Trickster. Montreal: Possible Editions, 2014
  • Mingan my village : poems by Innu schoolchildren. translated by Solange Messier. Fifth House Publishers, 2014
  • Un thé dans la toundra = Nipishapui nete mushuat. Mémoire d'encrier, 2013
  • Mingan, mon village : poèmes d'écoliers innus. co-authored with Rogé,Laure Morali, Rita Mestokosho. Éditions de la Bagnole,2012
  • Nous sommes tous des sauvages. co-authored with José Acquelin. Mémoire d'encrier, 2011
  • Bâtons à message| Message Sticks | Thissinuashitakana. Montreal: Mémoire d'encrier, 2010
  • La créature des neiges = Kunapeu. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2008

Awards and Distinctions

  • Prix des libraires du Québec in the category of Quebecois poetry for her work Uiesh / Quelque part, 2019
  • Indigenous Voices Awards, in the category of works published in French, 2019
  • Officer of l’Ordre de Montréal, 2018
  • Champion of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec, 2018
  • Prix International Ostana – écritures en langue maternelle, 2017
  • Reader's Prize at the Montreal Poetry Market for her poem "Dessine-moi l’arbre", 2010
  • Honourary doctorate from Laval University, 2016.
  • Governor General's Award finalist for Un thé dans la toundra/Nipishapui nete mushuat, 2014
  • Grand Prix du livre de Montréal finalist for Un thé dans la toundra/Nipishapui nete mushuat, 2014

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