Chiasson was born
in St-Simon, N-B,
in 1946. He has a
PhD in esthetics from
the Sorbonne in
Paris and a Masters
Fine Arts from the
State University of
He has published ten
books, three of
which have been
shortlisted and finally
won the Governor
General Award for
exhibited his works
in many solo and
directed fifteen films.
He has written over
thirty texts for the
stage and presided
over many Acadian
He lives in Grand
and woman behold a
hen we were kids in school in St-Simon it was a common practice,
sometimes in the Spring to take half a day off to celebrate the Earth.
Our activities would involve cleaning the school ground of all the dirt
accumulated during the winter and, once that was done, we would play and
just enjoy the beautiful weather."
"The NBEN Earth Day event dedicated to rivers somehow reminded me of
those early days but on an artistic level. The fact that the first half
of the day was largely filled with words, talking and cleaning our minds
of the pain that we see being done to the earth sometimes without the
consolation that much could be done to revert that damage. "
"I remember the talking circle that took place in the morning, an
experience that would sure be very useful for many politicians who would
finally get a chance to listen instead of inventing solutions without
The afternoon was geared much more towards expression and
emotion about the same subject: our place on the Earth and how we are
all part of the problem and part of the solution."