Rita Bouvier

Rita Bouvier was born and grew up in Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan, on the Churchill River System. Although she currently resides in Saskatoon, she remains strongly connected to her roots in Northern Saskatchewan.

Bouvier is an educator and a writer. She has published two collections of poetry with Thistledown Press, Blueberry Clouds (1999) and papîyâhtak (2004), and has been nominated for several Saskatchewan Book Awards. Bouvier’s poetry has been translated into Spanish and German, and her work has appeared in literary anthologies, musicals, and television productions. In 2008 the Gabriel Dumont Institute published the collaborative children’s book Better That Way with artists Sherry Farrell-Racette and Margaret Gardiner, based on the title poem from papîyâhtak. Bouvier lives in Saskatoon.




80 pages/trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available


ISBN: 978-1-894345-69-9

To act in a thoughtful way,
To act in a respectful way,
To act in a joyful way,
To act in a balanced way


Through the healing medicine of language, Rita Bouvier leads the reader into the world of the Métis and Cree to experience first hand the wisdom and generosity that she inherited in her birthright. Some of these poems are steeped in the tradition of the dramatic monologue; others are used as dialogue anchors to the rich oral traditions of First Nations people. Throughout all, though, is the subtle but confident voice of Rita Bouvier who, like a spirit guide, leads the reader into a cultural place where wisdom comes from children, and laughter from elders. In papîyâhtak poetry is used to “forge a vision that many can embrace”.


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