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2018 Edition

The second edition of the KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples event took place from August 30th to September 3rd, 2018, at the place de l’Assemblée-Nationale in Quebec City.

This second edition was organized by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation Council, host nation. Many other partners were involved in the organization of the activities, namely Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, Quebec Native Women, Wapikoni mobile, Kwahiatonhk : Salon du livre des Premières Nations, Indigenous Services Canada, Library and Archives Canada, Puamun Meshkenu (Path of a Thousand Dreams) and the National Battlefields Commission.

Many financial partners have contributed to the realization of the second edition: Indigenous Services Canada, Heritage Canada, the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones of the Government of Quebec, the ministère du Conseil exécutif of the Government of Quebec, the City of Quebec, Quebec City Tourism, Canadian National Railway (CN), Quebecor, Énergir and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. The Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec was also an essential partner by hosting the event at the place de l’Assemblée-Nationale. Archibald Microbrewerie was also an important partner of the event.

 

The activities held at the second edition of the event are the following:

  1. Opening Ceremony
  2. Cultural Hub of the 11 Nations
  3. “Indigenous Peoples: Fact and Fiction” Space (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse and Quebec Native Women)
  4. Tourism Space (Quebec Aboriginal Tourism)
  5. “Talking and Beading” Space
  6. “Crée-à-KWE”, Creative Space for Youth
  7. Activities held under the shaputuan: stories and legends with Dominic Ste-Marie, workshop on the Wendat language with Arakwa Siouï, workshop on medicinal herbs with the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association, short films by the Wapikoni mobile, conference “The contributions of First Nations to the world” by Benoit Sioui
  8. Picnic and Food Space with the food trucks from the restaurant La Sagamité and the Abenakis from Wôlinak
  9. Arts and Crafts Pop-up Shop
  10. Hannenorak Bookstore
  11. Indigenous Writers’ Gathering – Literary Happy Hour (Indigenous Services Canada, Library and Archives Canada and Kwahiatonhk : Salon du livre des Premières Nations)
  12. The Path of a Thousand Dreams: walk with Dr. Stanley Vollant (Puamun Meshkenu and the National Battlefields Commission)
  13. Dance, drum and throat singing performances during the day
  14. Birchbark basket- and canoe-making demonstrations with Atikamekw artisans from Manawan
  15. Demonstrations of wild game and fish cooking in the traditional way

Every evening from August 30th to September 2nd, the public had the opportunity to watch performances by Indigenous artists. On August 30th, young artists from the creative residency Nikamu Mamuitun kicked off the musical ball in the company of Florent Vollant and Tire le Coyote. Florent Vollant then gave a solo performance to close the evening. On August 31st, the Beatrice Deer Band and Maten performed on the outdoor stage. On September 1st, a hip-hop show featuring Q052, Samian, Loco Locass, Shauit and Le collectif de Kiuna took place on stage and the audience enjoyed a wild night. Finally, on September 2nd, Pascal Ottawa, the Midnight Riders and David Hart took turns on stage to close the “show” portion of the event.

See the complete program of the complete edition.

2017 Edition

The first edition of the KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples event took place from September 1st to 3rd, 2017, at the place de l’Assemblée-Nationale in Quebec City. This first edition was organized through a partnership between the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, the Huron-Wendat Nation Council, host nation, et Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Many partners have been essential to the success of the event, namely Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, the Cercle Kisis, the Wapikoni mobile, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec, the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association, Parks Canada, the City of Quebec and the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec.

 

The activities held during the first edition are the following:

  1. Opening Ceremony
  2. Tourist Hub (Quebec Aboriginal Tourism)
  3. “Indigenous Peoples: Fact and Fiction” Space (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse)
  4. Activities held under the shaputuan: stories and legends with Yolande Okia Picard, workshop on the Wendat language with Arakwa Siouï, workshop on medicinal herbs with the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association, short films by the Wapikoni mobile
  5. “Let’s Speak Wendat” Space
  6. “Talking and Beading” Space
  7. “Crée-à-KWE”, Creative Space for Youth
  8. Collective artwork painted by a group of Indigenous and non Indigenous youth (Cercle Kisis)
  9. Picnic and Food Space with the food trucks from the restaurant La Sagamité and the Abenakis from Wôlinak
  10. Arts and Crafts Pop-up Shop
  11. Hannenorak Bookstore
  12. Dance and drum performances during the day (Quebec Aboriginal Tourism)
  13. Birchbark canoe-making demonstrations with Atikamekw artisans from Manawan (Quebec Aboriginal Tourism)

Every night during the event, the public was able to enjoy shows from Indigenous artists. On the Friday night, the Troupe Sandokwa (Huron-Wendat traditional dances), Matiu (Folk – Innu singer), Shauit (Reggae – Innu singer) and KXO (Cree electro/DJ) were offering performances on the outdoor stage. On the Saturday night, Barbara Diabo and the Buffalo Hat Singers (Mohawk Hoop Dancer), Melissa Girvan (Micmac Folk singer), David Hart (Innu Folk singer) and Elisapie (Inuit Folk-Pop singer) also offered performances on the outdoor stage. On Sunday night, Loco Locass offered a performance along with Shauit, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and the Kiuna Collective of students.

 

 

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