Marc-Andre Pauze

“Addressing Her Lost Child … And Her Own Lost Childhood” Rosalyne Mathias, 60, crushed by emotions, hugs the tree that grows at the exact spot where she had a miscarriage forty-three years ago. After many sexual aggressions between the ages of 15 to 17, she became pregnant. She returned to the site with the hope of finding peace.
Marc-Andrés photo is from an ongoing project that documents the daily life and realities of First Nations of the Laurentian Forest of Quebec, including the Anishinabegs (Algonquins) of Winneway.
The Anishinabegs have never given up any rights to their lands, and yet they are excluded from decisions about the use of their traditional lands. The lack of empowerment has been passed on to younger generations, causing anger and a culture of broken spirit. With the loss of land access, they also lost cultural references, language and values. Poverty, unemployment, and use of drugs and alcohol are among the social issues that are the foundation of violence and self-destructive habits in their community.
As part of their healing process, to break the generational cycle and to protect younger generations, Anishinabeg men and women like Rosalyne are starting to talk. “But are we ready to listen? To learn, and change?” asks Marc-André.

As a health professional and award-winning photographer, documentarist and writer, Marc-André Pauzé has a mission: being a storyteller of the human condition and to bear witness to the eternal struggle for human rights and social justice by combining documentary work with respect to the human dignity of his subjects.
His productions are visual stories that combine exploring the real world, travel, daily life and issues of people in a documentary style inspired by its course as a photojournalist, and tinted by his vision of humanitarian health professional. Being also part of this world, in his stories, he leaves a place for reflection, poetry, interpretation and emotion.
His work has been featured in such publications as the International Herald Tribune, Libération, Harvard School of Public Health’s World Health News and the Gesca Group. He also worked on an Amnesty International world campaign.