Research Report Launch: It’s vital. Dynamic Portraits of the Urban Aboriginal Cultural Production in Quebec

May 27th 2016

Friday, May 27th, 2016, at 5:30 PM

UQAM,  Salle des boiseries (J-2805) Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Second Floor

405, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Berri-UQAM Metro


Free Admission

Refreshments will be served!

Guest artist: Kathia Rock

DestiNATIONS: Carrefour International of Indigenous Arts and Cultures emerged following the ratification (on November 23, 2011) by the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK of a permanent venue dedicated to the development and promotion of Aboriginal arts, cultures and identities as a transversal priority. The NETWORK represents 800 individual members and 150 organizations and all level of aboriginal and non-aboriginal governments.

As an Indigenous Cultural Embassy, our mandate is to disseminate, promote, produce, research, support and sponsor indigenous artistic, educational and multidisciplinary cultural products (films, video games, virtual realities, dances, sculpture, music, handicrafts, etc.) as well as to educate the public about traditional and contemporary indigenous cultures. DestiNATIONS will host artistic, political and cultural gatherings, while acting as a world-class cultural hub dedicated to the discovery of Indigenous cultures from across the Quebec to the delight of the communities, tourists and visitors.

From September 2015 to March 2016, DestiNATIONS conducted a research project that aims to paint a portrait of indigenous cultural production in Quebec as well as the potential possibilities of this production. The five cities chosen for the first phase of the research project  were: Montreal, Quebec City, Sept-Îles, Saguenay, and Val d’Or.

The project is supported by a team of six researchers, an advisory committee, a project manager, and the Director of DestiNATIONS. The project is also developed and supported by the following partners: the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, and the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec.

This exploratory research project seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of various issues and topics related to the art and culture of Indigenous Peoples of Quebec through semi-structured interviews and discussion circles. We met with indigenous cultural producers (organizations, artists, artisans, Elders, etc.). We used an Indigenous research methodology and a respectful approach to the realities of Indigenous Peoples.

It is important to note that we define art and culture in this context as shared traditional knowledge (passed on as well as contemporary); creativity; contemporary, traditional, and mixed practices; and innovation. All mediums are considered. The resources used therefore involve a dynamic mediation, both sensitive and active.

You are invited to this launch, organized by DestiNATIONS and the Cercle des Premières Nations de l’UQÀM, with the collaboration of  CIÉRA Montreal, this Friday, May 27th, at 5:30 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be served! Our guest artist is Kathia Rock.

For further information:

Mélanie Lumsden

Project Manager

DestiNATIONS : Carrefour International des Arts et Cultures des Peuples autochtones

514 622-6758