“My writing reflects everyday life in the communities I am a part of, because it is sacred.”
I love writing! In my writing, I strive to balance “a good story” with sound and images drawing on both my first and second language. I often play with the meaning and musicality of both languages as a way of connecting with others and to the Great Mystery. I love the power of leaving a still-life image on paper with my choice of words and space as silences. Likewise, I balance personal experience, response and observation with imagination to transcend the material and imaginative failures of our time. I do so by remembering knowledge passed down to me, by dreaming, by gathering strength and reconciling what has happened and is happening in our communities and to the natural environment, and by rejoicing in the life around me. I often find myself returning to place and to the sounding – the music of our mother's movement and voice.
My writing reflects everyday life in the communities I am a part of, because it is sacred. I strive to find the spiritual core of life and living; although, I am sometimes filled with an immense sense of loss, shame and longing. Of course, I have also found beauty and joy. Through my writing, professional and creative, I try to tell a larger story, one that is filled with love for family, community and this place I know. Like my ancestors, all I can be is in awe of her power. Humbled.
Rita Bouvier is a Metis writer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.