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Franco-Ontarian artist Julie Fiala is a cultural activist and doctoral candidate who is currently completing a PhD in Art History at Queen’s University (2012). After a visiting scholarship and studies surrounding issues of culture and conflict in Belfast (Northern Ireland), Julie decided to return to her cultural roots. She now lives in Quebec City. Interestingly, it has recently been discovered that her maternal family has an uncle (with eleven Inuit cousins) through her late, great uncle, the RCMP explorer known as “Frenchy” Chartrand. Frenchy, a friend of the Inuit peoples and speaker of Inuktitut, had traveled on the boat called the St. Roch through the Northwest Passage, where he died and is buried in the artic.

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