The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival ended with an awards ceremony that celebrated the top Indigenous films shown at this year’s event – “among the best we have ever seen,” according to festival founder André Dudemaine.
A pillar of the city’s summer festival season, the Montreal First Peoples Festival, emerges from the “pandemic torpor” with a vibrant program August 9-18. This year’s lineup was announced on the first day of the Pope’s visit to Canada, a coincidence acknowledged in its defiant press release.
The Quebec government announced new five-year funding for Indigenous language and culture initiatives just weeks after passing Bill 96, widely criticized for making it harder to protect Indigenous languages.
To combat language loss, the Cree Nation Government’s Child and Family Services department is expanding Cree language resources by providing seven new books for preschoolers. Books in both coastal and inland dialects arrived at community childcare centres June 3.
“Now that things are opening up, let’s bring the artists who may never get a chance like this,” explained David Hodges, the music programming director of inPath, which supports young Indigenous creators.
After a hesitant return to in-person events last summer, Cree tourism is looking to bounce back from the pandemic this year. Across the region, numerous events will be back and there will be plenty of surprises to discover.
The KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples event is bringing its full-sized program back to Quebec City for its fifth edition June 17-21. Place Jean-Béliveau will host a variety of exciting musical performances, immersive exhibitions and culinary activities representing the cultural richness of the province’s 11 First Nations.
David Galloway first experienced the wonders of Yellowstone National Park as a university student working as a tour guide in 1977. He piloted a passenger boat around Yellowstone Lake and fell in love with the place.