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Louise Abbott

Louise Abbott, a McGill graduate, is a professional writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She has devoted most of her career to documenting the history and contemporary life of rural and indigenous communities, particularly in Quebec and Newfoundland, and has investigated environmental issues that affect those communities. She is the author of six books and has directed several documentary films, including Nunaaluk:A Forgotten Story (2014). Her latest book, Memphremagog: An Illustrated History (Volume 2), will be published in the spring of 2017.

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The French Shore: Newfoundland's Port-au-Port Peninsula. Calgary, Alberta: Folio Gallery Inc., 1996.
Le Filet vide/The Empty Net. Montreal, Quebec: Imageries, 1996.
The Pinnacle and the Poet. Montreal, Quebec: National Film Board, 1995.
The History of Nunavik. Montreal, Quebec: Katavik School Board, 1993.
The Coast Way: A Portrait of the English on the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988.
The Heart of the Farm. Price-Patterson, 2008
Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree. COTA, 2010
Memphremagog: An Illustrated History (Volume 1). Georgeville Press, 2014


Finalist, QSPELL Award, non-fiction for The Coast Way, 1989
Le Filet vide/The Empty Net: Best Documentary (science, environment, technology), Hot Docs!, 1996.
Toronto; Special Jury Prize, Images de la Mer, 1996.
La Rochelle, France: and Best Public Affairs Documentary, Yorkton Film Festival, 1996.
Finalist, Prix Gemeaux for best research, public affairs programming.
Norman Kucharsky Award for Cultural and Artistic Journalism, PWAC for The (Montreal) Gazette, 2002
Grant from Bélanger-Gardner Foundation, Bishop's University for Crisscrossing Space and Time (a video documentary), 2003
Grant from Townshippers' Research and Cultural Foundation for Giving Shelter (video documentary) and The Heart of the Farm, 2003, 2007, 2009
Best Film by an Established Filmmaker (Jasper Short Film Festival) for Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, 2014
Finalist, Best Documentary Short Award, American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco for Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, 2014
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