Meet Mary Monger, the Eeyou Istchee artist and designer behind the Indigo Fox company. Currently living in Montreal, Monger’s artistic journey started in childhood, crafting and creating with her Nuhkum. These early memories of learning to knit, quilt and bead stay close to Monger. Rooted in nature, her creations evoke calm and reflect a commitment to quality and durability.
Mistissini was rocking as the inaugural Big Rock Music Festival brought to town some of the biggest names in Cree and Innu music. The event featured over 50 performances at the Mistissini Sports Complex January 18-20.
Art is thriving in Eeyou Istchee thanks to talented individuals like Paula Menarick (Fast Cloud Inspirations) and Deborah Ratt (Cree-Ations Jewels), both of whom participated in the CNACA event in Montreal.
It was a historicc moment in Canadian opera when Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North was premiered in front of a sold-out audience at Winnepeg’s Centennial Concert Hall in November. Sung in five languages, this Indigenous-led opera celebrates Métis women, culture and famed leader Louis Riel.
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.