Multi-disciplinary artist Soleil Launière has released her debut album, Taueu, to widespread acclaim. Taueu (Innu-aimun for “to be in the middle”) has already been featured on Spotify’s curated playlist “Fresh Finds: Canada’s Best New Music” for two straight weeks since its mid-October release, while receiving high praise from numerous music critics in Quebec.
September 16 was a beautiful day for picking blueberries for Chisasibi’s 16th annual Musuutaau (blueberry festival). The event attracted many participants this year, with especially delicious results at the following day’s baking contest.
Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, the first Indigenous woman in Canada to gain a PhD in astrophysics, is the subject of the 2023 docu-series North Star. Consisting of five short episodes, the series covers Rousseau-Nepton’s journey from the Ashuapmushuan wildlife reserve to an observatory atop a Hawaiian mountain. In an interview with the Nation, the trailblazing Innu astronomer discussed her path into science, her unique outlook, and her aspirations for women in research.
For the opening of Montreal’s 33rd First Peoples Festival, head organizer André Dudemaine honoured director Lin Alluna and protagonist Aaju Peter by screening Twice Colonized as the festival’s first event.
One name that stood out in the schedule at Montreal’s 33rd First People’s Festival was Deborah Ratt and Cree-Ations. Hailing from Eeyou Istchee, the artist was present at the Place des Festivals the entire event.
In the tapestry of popular culture, few figures stand as tall as Robbie Robertson. A man whose life story reads like a musical odyssey, Robertson’s journey to becoming a rock-and-roll icon is a testament to the power of heritage, innovation and artistic fusion. From his humble beginnings in Toronto to the heights he achieved as the chief songwriter and lead guitarist of the Band, Robertson’s impact will resonate long after his death at 80 on August 9.
Experience the vibrant celebration of Indigenous art and culture at Montreal’s premier showcase of the artistic prowess and cultural renaissance of Indigenous peoples around the world. August 8-17, the First Peoples’ Festival will be a hub for the rich heritage and diverse narratives of Indigenous communities, offering an array of audiovisual works, immersive exhibitions and live performances.