Poems, Reflections, Recipes for Change

Read an excerpt from leave some for the birds

From acclaimed filmmaker, artist and activist Marjorie Beaucage comes a poetic memoir that reflects on seven decades of living and seeking justice as a Two Spirit Michif woman. Poems, poetic observations and thoughtful meanderings comprise this inspirational journal-memoir-poetry collection from a woman who has dedicated her life and her talent to creating social change. Unfolding the wisdom gained from experience, leave some for the birds offers guidance for younger activists following the author’s trailblazing footsteps.

Some part of me has always heard the music of a greater dance…
I have moved and been moved throughout my life. 
I am a mover and moving… 
Seeking my purpose, making my way, choosing my paths, trailblazing where the path did not exist.
Memories… what do I remember… what is real… possible histories, dreams, fantasies…
Still, memories are stepping stones from times past…
sifting through my past lives and uncovering truths, lessons, confessions, insights…
What have I learned?

Excerpt, Prologue by Marjorie Beaucage:

Each ‘movement’ of my life has been an encounter with the injustices of colonialism and poverty, and as I collected these stories together, I saw themes that my younger activist self could have learned from. Especially the need to sustain and heal one’s spirit in a world that has too often undervalued difference.

I have also reflected on the impact of the feminist movement on Indigenous women and my relations with women as a part of my journey. As a filmmaker and storyteller I have examined institutional racism in its many forms and their impact on me. It is time for us to be seen and heard. I believe the world is ready for a different way of seeing and being.

Check out Marjorie Beaucage’s video reading of “Grandmother Spider” from leave some for the birds.

Cover art: “Crow and Me” by Susan Sacobie. Art direction by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and design by Chantal Lalonde.

Check out these fantastic interviews with Marjorie Beaucage about her book:

Radio-Canada interview

CTV Saskatchewan interview

Open Book Interview

About the Author

Marjorie Beaucage

Marjorie Beaucage is a Two-Spirit Métis Auntie, filmmaker, art-ivist and educator, a land protector and a water walker. Born in Vassar, Manitoba, to a large Métis/Michif family, Marjorie’s life’s work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations. She has been a Grandmother for Walking With Our Sisters; the Elder for OUT Saskatoon; and the Elder-In-Residence for the University of Saskatchewan Student Union. As a current Board Member of Chokecherry Studios, she is giving back to future art-ivists as they stand up for themselves and their community through creating art, music, writing. She just finished six short harm-reduction videos for creating possibilities of wellness with story medicine.

leave some for the birds: movements for justice

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ISBN-13 9781928120360

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