In the past 60 years, Les Basques has had a strong relationship with the arts. Today, theatre, dance, spoken word and other forms of artistic expression are part of the cultural landscape that distinguished the area from others around it. Soraïda Caron and Wina Forget are two of many local artists that enrich this fertile tradition and are a living proof that theatre and dance thrives outside of big city centers. Using their environment as inspiration, they both further anchor their disciplines into the local culture.
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Documentarians Julien Gagnon-Rouillard and Robert Majewski explore different facets of rural life by documenting alternative projects taking root in the Basques of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
This video serves as an introduction to the documentary project “The Basques : Rurality, Resistance, Resilience.” Several members of the community — including Soraïda Caron, Wina Forget, and Nicolas Falicimaigne — question the reasons for moving into a rural area.
In this interview with Maurice Vaney, back-to-the-lander, city councillor and important actor in the local cultural scene, we compare how things were in Trois-Pistoles back in 1974 with how they play out today.
The Basques community is known for its activism around social and environmental issues.
The regional county municipality of the Basques is located in Mi’kma’ki and Wolastokuk territory, in the heart of the Wabanaki confederation.
Gabrielle Ayotte Garneau tells us the legend that has thrilled residents for decades, thus perpetuating the tale and underlining the important place occupied by the tradition storytelling in the region.