Fort St. John woman creates poem to grab Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attention


FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Helen Knott is trying to bring change and awareness to key issues and hold those in power accountable.

In her latest project, she is appealing to Justin Trudeau to keep his promises. Knott is an advocate for Indigenous land and water rights and also advocates for violence against Indigenous women.

In the 3 minute video, Knott addresses the Prime Minister directly, calling on him to take the time to be aware of the issues at hand.

“We wanted to do a poetry video for the CBC arts and it was the discussion about what I was involved with at the time with advocacy of Site C and then it became a open poem directed at Trudeau.”

Knott says she is unsure if Trudeau will see the video but is hoping he will. The video was filmed at the beginning of November and released the other day. If she did get a response from the Prime Minister himself, she says she would take it with a grain of salt.

“I’m not sure. I guess it depends on the response. I think I would be weary of any response. I think I would be very cautious. I definitely wouldn’t be excited or giddy because I would have to take that with a grain of salt given his contradictory practice so far.”

She says since the video was released, she has been talking to various people about more speaking events.

“I think for me it is utilizing every creative avenue that I have available. Whether that be the caravan we did across the country and speaking or using art as a voice for change.”