Laurence Butet-Roch, a member of Boreal Collective, is a freelance writer, photo editor, photographer and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, she was nine during the last Quebec referendum. As her parents, staunch separatists, explained the stakes, she imagined La Belle Province becoming an island. The celebratory bottle of champagne was never opened and Laurence began embracing English culture. Existing with a foot in two solitudes, as Hugh MacLennan once wrote, she explores the interplay between identity, place and politics.