This research project aims to provide a variety of perspectives that reflect the Lac Édouard’s many dimensions, namely historical through the Sanatorium’s archive and interviews with the local community, but also environmental and agricultural through documentation with its owners and workers. It does so with a particular focus on the protection of the bird Chimney Swift’s habitat. The book, printed and bound at the Shared Institute, was developed as a device to speak with the local community, and also to connect the several films into a short-film developed during the field-research.

The film, directed by Karen Lacroix, offers a fragmented story, narrated by people who lived and witnessed the history of the Lac Édouard and the Sanatorium. This series of short films is not chronological nor divided into subjects. It is a lyrical journey of overlapped meanings, fact, fiction and history. Past, present and signs of hope for the future of the chimney swift blend in the context of the work being done to maintain and restore the integrity of this location in the north of Quebéc, Canada. English subtitles can be activated by clicking on the CC icon.