Read an excerpt from Sitting By The Rapids
“Dumont’s poems are raw, direct reflections on painful experience and the strength and hope that arises from facing and overcoming them. They offer insight into the mind of an Indigenous man who lives with severe chronic pain and who found the strength through spirituality and poetry to put a life of alcohol abuse behind him forever. This poetry is powerful and emotional; it exposes the heart of a strong, heroic man who has faced tremendous difficulties and prevailed.
Dumont writes, “I take seriously my belief that medicine of extraordinary healing power is found in the verses of a poet who puts words together for the purpose of bringing peace and serenity to people in want of it. The counsels and poetry of a person living with pain are special and more meaningful to an individual in the throes of heartache.””
Albert Dumont is Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. In April, 2021, he was named Ottawa's Poet Laureate. He is a Spiritual Advisor and since October 2016 he has been serving his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. In January 2017 he received the DreamKEEPERS Citation for Outstanding Leadership. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Indigenous spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly those as they affect the young. In April 2021, Albert Dumont was named Poet Laureate for Ottawa.