This year’s cultural evening will be dedicated to Wapikoni mobile!
Among others, screenings of films related to the theme of perseverance and academic success will be presented, as will be other surprises including a very special guest!
Tuesday, October 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wapikoni mobile: LEARNING BY CREATING
Come and meet the Wapikoni mobile. Cocktail, presentation and screening, with the special participation by Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush and Samian.
Author-songwriter, actor and photographer, Samian is a native of Pikogan, a small Algonquin community in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. He recorded his first songs and videos in the Wapikoni travelling studio in 2004, starting point for a successful career. Having become a model for young people and spokesmen for the Wapikoni, he often points out that “Manon Barbeau and the Wapikoni have literally saved my life.” Samian has won over his audience with his songs in Anishnabe and proudly wears his colours, those of a whole nation, this “invisible” nation whom he calls “invincible” and for which he claims respect and acknowledgment. Samian’s story continues to inspire Indigenous youth to pursue their dreams.
She received the Best Short Documentary Award at Toronto’s ImagineNATIVE Festival, participated in refresher workshops and international exchanges, most recently in Peru. She has worked on several film sets and Jani is the first woman of the First Nations of Quebec to have obtained a diploma from the Cinema program of the INIS. She is now studying film script writing at UQAM.