Artistic team

Annick Davignon, Cédric Deschamps, Elaine Leclaire, Émile Landry, Jason Jedrusiak, Jérôme Cattarin, Josiane Proteau, Marie-Eve Aubry, Mireille Lessard, Stéphanie Bélanger, Suzanne Boire.



CSF travels every year to the Kitcisakik aboriginal community located in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 90 kilometers from Val-d’Or. In this community of 430 inhabitants, 70% of the population is under 30 years old. Family homes do not have electricity or running water. Such as many other Aboriginal communities in Quebec, social problems are present such as alcoholism, drug addiction and domestic violence.

Before the construction of the primary school in 2012, young people had to leave their families at the age of five to continue their studies in Val-d’Or. Even today, some high school students must stay in a boarding school during the week and return to the community only on weekends. Caught between two cultures, indigenous youth lose their mother tongue and customs, a threat to the ancestral cultural heritage.

Clowns Without Borders - Project photo by © Mireille Lessard

© Mireille Lessard