Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is a member of the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation from northeast Yukon. A mother, grandmother, and an auntie to many, she has recently made a major life move to the south, where she works for the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Co-founder of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, she is passionate about the spoken word and the orature (literature from the oral tradition) of her people. In recent years she has taken this practice to the written form, writing stories and poetry, many of which are inspired by her ancestors and environment. Raised in her early years by her grandmother, her life was always surrounded by "story" - wonderful legends of the ancient past. Some were erotic stories meant to teach the people how to live in a healthy way. Today only a few First Nations people are familiar with these stories, and results can be seen in the social conditions that plague the population. One of the principles she upholds is the advice of her mentor, Angela Sidney, a Tagish First Nation Elder who instructed her to "live your life like a story, so that when you go, people will have a good story to tell about you."

Festivals: 2003

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