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Baudouin Lalo presents at the 2016 Canada’s History Forum.
Hosted by Canada’s History Society
In this presentation, Baudouin Lalo tells the story of his mother. His striking testimony deals with the deportation of the Innu people from Pakuashipi to Unamen Shipu in the 1950s and offers insight into their values, beliefs, and customs.
Baudouin Lalo was born in his Innu village of Unamen Shipu in the La Romaine region of Quebec. He was delivered by his paternal grandmother because the weather had prevented his mother from going to the nearest hospital 250 kilometres away in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Baudouin went to school in his village until Grade 9, when he was sent away to the larger towns. He attended the Pointe-Bleue residential school in Roberval in the Lac St-Jean region, and later enrolled in a three-year program at the Université de Chicoutimi, where he completed his Bachelor’s of Arts. After graduating, Baudouin worked in a number of social fields, including as a National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program agent, Community Health Representative, social worker, teacher for school dropouts, social reintegration worker, and liaison officer for adult education. After twenty-five years of experience in various social fields, Baudouin returned to school to pursue a degree in tourism. He currently lives in the community where he was born and frequently travels to Innu, French and English communities to speak about Innu culture and spiritual growth.
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