Event LIFT-NL 2024 starts on October 25, 2024 at 8:45:00 AM -0330
Julie Pellissier-Lush
Location: Salon C - 10/26/24, 9:00 AM - 10/26/24, 12:30 PM (-0330) (3 hours 30 minutes)

Julie Pellissier-Lush
Julie Pellissier-Lush

Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M, actress, and bestselling author of  My Mi’kmaq Mother , Poet Laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. She grew up all over Eastern Canada and spent a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before coming back home. 

Julie is a graduate from the University of Winnipeg in 2000 with a double major in Psychology and Human Resource Management. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations. Julie wrote the poems for the play  Mi’kmaq Legends  which has been performed on many different stages in the Atlantic region. It is her hope that this play will someday travel across Canada and beyond so more people have the opportunity to learn about the rich Mi’kmaq history! 

Julie lives in PEI with her husband Rick, her five children, and her granddaughter Miah.


This is a presentation that starts with traditional Mi'kmaq Life through the stories of our young ones, our women, our two spirited, our elders and our men.  After we finish traditional life we will move to these stories after colonization, now and the hope for the future.  I do this with old traditional Mi'kmaq stories and songs.  Some of the content will be hard and maybe triggering, but it is so important to hear the truth from people who know the true story and have the courage to share it.   If there is time at the end there should be an opportunity to have a sharing circle so we can share and talk about what we have learned in a safe and supportive space.

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