Poems, Reflections, Recipes for Change

From acclaimed filmmaker, artist and activist Marjorie Beaucage comes a poetic memoir filled with wise and poignant reflections on her life. leave some for the birds is based on seven decades of living and seeking justice as a Two Spirit Michif woman. With its poems, poetic observations, photos and thoughtful meanderings, Leave some for the birds reads as a delightful scrapbook-memoir-poetry collection unfolding the experiences and wisdom of a woman who has dedicated much of her life and talent to creating social change.

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.

leave some for the birds: movements for justice will be on shelves in May, 2023. Pre-orders available now!

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

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


ISBN-13 9781928120360


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