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With humility and enthusiasm, the new director of NWT Media, Eden Maury, takes a decisive turn in her life (Photo credit: Francis Tessier-Burns)

When Eden Maury arrived in Yellowknife about 18 months ago, she had no job in sight. Life finally gave him a good time to pack up and start a new chapter.

“That I have such an attunement in my life where I could finally be free and I could return to Canada, to my far north,” she says! “It was the first time in 21 years that it had happened to me. She took the risk of getting closer to her family.

However, his comeback was not easy. She says a few months ago she was “so desperate that I considered dropping everything, selling everything, and moving to Alberta. †

Now Eden Maury is preparing to take over the position of general manager of Médias ténois, a merger of the newspaper L’Aquilon and Radio Taïga. It is her priority to continue to inform the French-speaking community of the Northwest Territories. “That will always be my priority. †

think big

The outgoing CEO, Maxence Jaillet, has held the position since 2016. Under his leadership, the team has grown from two full-time employees at the newspaper and one at radio to ten full-time employees and four full-time employees. time partial between the two entities.

“It was quite a development,” he says. The workforce is still growing with management assistants, functions that are needed according to Mr. Jaillet: “We are no longer small media. We are an entity that manages a budget of more than a million dollars. †

This growth also came with new projects. Mr. Jaillet gives the example of Cabaret Taïga, an annual event that started in 2016 and ended this year. The cabaret was a series of live radio programs that gave musicians, writers, poets and others the chance to share their works in front of a French-speaking audience. Maxence Jaillet says he is proud to have been able to offer artists this space, but also that he has been able to “push them to become more and more professional and have them practice and train. †

On the written side, Mr. Jaillet refers to Arctic Articles, an effort to publish weekly articles on Arctic issues, both Canadian and international. In collaboration with the French-language newspapers L’Aurore boreale in Yukon and Nunavoix, these chronicles are collected every six months in a magazine.

A final example, perhaps less conspicuous, but no less important, is journalistic rigor. “It was already in us, but we stabilized ourselves very well,” reports the outgoing director. Especially with the rise and spread of fake news, he and his team saw the importance of keeping the newspaper and radio as “beacons of reliable information.”

His many years of experience in journalism, his conviction in the pursuit of facts and his cultural relationship ensure that Mr. Jaillet has confidence in the evolution of Médias ténois headed by Mrs. Maury.

“I have great respect for Maxence’s work,” said Ms. Maury. He really fought like a lion. He really did a titanic job. I now have a very good foundation. †

Both agree that one of the next steps for Northern Media is to increase their presence in the smaller communities of the NWT. This objective is very personal for the new director.

An eventful journey

Eden Maury grew up in France with her mother, but returned several summers to see her father Henry Morris Beaulieu and his Dene family in Dettah. This cultural exchange was not always easy “because all European culture is almost the opposite of Native Americans,” she says.

The official name is Fleur Yake Maury, Eden is a translation of Yake, which means “heaven” or “paradise”. Since the age of 15, while studying in the United States and after several mispronunciations of her name, she chose to use this translation; but his native family still uses his original name.

And not only the use of his name is different.

“In France I always felt like I didn’t belong,” she says. Here I really do local color. Often I like to walk through the city because I meet people who are similar to me. This is one of the first times in my life this has happened to me. †

As a descendant of First Nations, she wants to build more ‘bridges’ between the French-speaking and Aboriginal communities. These bridges will ideally take many forms. Some are immediately possible: for example, start by translating sentences or traditional terms. Others will take longer to build, such as helping train young journalists from the NWT.

“I am well aware of the importance of our media,” she says. It can be used even if there is sometimes a language barrier. His grandmother Madeline Beaulieu is an example. During her life she translated the short stories into English, and her sister then translated them into Dené. Ms Maury is sure these bridges can be built: “I’m sure these two cultures get along, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. †

Ms Maury will officially become General Manager at the end of May. She plans to spend her first months meeting her fellow citizens and trying to better understand certain political and cultural issues such as mining and climate change in their northern context. It also hopes to create a dialogue with readers and listeners, giving them more space on the pages of L’Aquilon and on the airwaves of Radio Taïga.

For Maxence Jaillet, his final weeks at the office will be just as busy with the transition as at home: he and his wife are preparing to move to British Columbia, where his daughter will later join. He says he could have lived in Yellowknife for the rest of his life, but that “because my daughter came to live with the two of us, I also wanted to see something different”.

He thanks his collaborators over the years, as well as the people he has interviewed and photographed. “All of that made it such a pleasure to work here in Yellowknife, for the Northwest Territories and for the Francophonie,” he says.

He adds that he is happy to pass the torch to Ms. Maury, a “hardworking” individual who has a “community sense” to lead a community organization. This transfer image is taken over by the new director. “He gives me the Olympic flame and it’s up to me to keep going,” she adds. I am well aware of the effort and time it takes to run as far and as long as possible. †


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