National Indigenous Peoples Day | To read, to see, to listen

To meet the indigenous peoples, The Press offers you a cultural journey through books, albums and productions.

To read

shuniby Naomi Fontaine

Naomi Fontaine wishes to talk about the Innu, to present them, beyond the statistics. Throughout the pages of his novel shuniit teaches the reader to know them.

Nin Auass, Me the child

Before the pandemic, poets Joséphine Bacon and Laure Morali led writing workshops in the 10 Innu communities of Quebec. The result is 350 pages of poems written by children and teenagers, presented in Innu-aimun and in French.

Against colonialism on steroids – The struggle of the Inuit of Quebec for their ancestral landsby Zebedee Nungak

The writer Zebedee Nungak, who took part in the negotiations for the James Bay Agreement, presents the point of view of the Inuit and clearly shows that the latter, without any way of expressing their opposition, were the big losers in all this case.

kukumby Michel Jean

With kukumMichel Jean, one of the male voices of Innu literature, has achieved something that no documentary, report or history book can ever do: truly touch people’s hearts.

A tea in the tundra – Nipishapui nete mushuatby Josephine Bacon

Innu poet and director Joséphine Bacon published in 2014 A tea in the tundraa magnificent collection of poems in French and Innu.

pay the landby Joe Sacco

The father of reportage comics, Joe Sacco, looks at the plight of the Dene Nation in the Northwest Territories. Based on journalistic interviews conducted on site, the cartoonist paints a thorough and balanced portrait of the Dene.


Wildhoodby Bretten Hannam

Wildhood, by Mi’kmaq Two-Spirit filmmaker Bretten Hannam, deals with homosexuality among Aboriginal people. It’s about a relationship between two two-spirit Mi’kmaq teens from Nova Scotia.

my name is humanby Kim O’Bomsawin

Surrounded by close friends and walking on the territory of her Innu ancestors, the poet Joséphine Bacon, 73, looks back on the major events that marked her life and on her incessant quest to keep her language and culture alive and to preserve it.

For you Floraby Sonia Bonspille Boileau

For you Flora retraces the journey of young Anishinaabe torn from their parents and placed under the authority of the Oblates, in the heart of the 1960s, with the aim of being assimilated and evangelized.

Piqutiapiitat the McCord Museum

The McCord Museum presents until August 21 the Inuit artist Niap, who created a beadwork, Piqutiapiit, during a recent residency at the Montreal Museum. A work produced over six months in tribute to the strength and delicacy of Inuit women.

To listen

Nikamoby Samyan

With Nikamothe rapper from Pikogan, a small Aboriginal community in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, offers a first album almost entirely in the Anishinaabemowin language.

Dreamweaverfrom Anachnid

With Dreamweavera rich debut album with contemporary sounds and the SOCAN Foundation Aboriginal Songwriter Award under her arm, young singer Anachnid is just beginning to surprise us.

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawaof Jeremy Dutcher

Classically trained tenor Jeremy Dutcher set out to musically update and extend recordings made in his community, the Wolastoqiyik nation, between 1907 and 1914.

Gathering songs – Nikamu Mamuitun

Florent Vollant is co-artistic director of the album Gathering Songs (Nikamu Mamuitun)which brings together the joint works of eight young Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

Waska Matisiwinby Laura Niquay

Even if life is hard, even if life is unfair, even if life can be cruel, the Atikamekw artist first seeks light.

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