“KWE! is a special moment for all those who wish to better understand the cultures, history and spirit of the Indigenous Nations. It is a positive, open and dynamic gathering and an opportunity to go and meet others”, said the spokesperson for the event, Stanley Vollant, an Innu surgeon and founder of the Puamun Meshkenu (the Path of a thousand dreams).
Families are invited to come out and participate in large numbers. There are activities that are especially organized for children, such as arts and crafts workshops and make-up.
“It is important to allow peoples to come together and for the public to learn more about our realities and the day-to-day issues affecting First Nations and Inuit. This is a chance to gather in friendship and fraternity to celebrate and, above all, this is a unique opportunity to get to know each other better. Our door is open, we welcome you with open arms. Come with your children, your families, your friends, wonderful surprises await you”, added the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Konrad Sioui.
Many activities will be held over the course of the long weekend, promoting exchanges and a gathering in a friendly and festive environment:
- The Cultural Hub of the 11 Nations;
- The “Indigenous Peoples: Fact and Fiction” space (in partnership with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse and Quebec Native Women);
- A tourism space (in partnership with Quebec Aboriginal Tourism);
- A creative space for youth (featuring crafting and make-up activities);
- A demonstration space for arts and crafts and discussions;
- An indigenous literature space (in partnership with the Librairie Hannenorak);
- The food trucks of the Sagamité and the community of Wôlinak.
The public is also invited to participate in the continuous activities under the shaputuan, including: tales and legends, short films from the Wapikoni Mobile, workshops on the Wendat language and workshops on medicinal herbs in partnership with the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association.
The evenings will end with musical performances by Indigenous artists, or musical encounters between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. The opening show on Thursday, August 30th will feature young artists who participated in the Nikamu manuitun artistic residency of the Festival de Petite Vallée 2017 as well as Innu artist Florent Vollant. As for the show on August 31st, it will feature performances by the Beatrice Deer Band and Maten. On Saturday, September 1st, get ready for an evening of hip-hop with performances by Q052, Anishnabe rapper Samian and Loco Locass who will be welcoming guest artists. The show on September 2nd will feature Atikamekw singer-songwriter Pascal Ottawa, the Midnight Riders and David Hart.
“The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is proud to contribute to the organization of this second edition of KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples. We also have a responsibility to encourage a better understanding of the realities specific to our Nations, in order to ensure a better coexistence. The AFNQL invites you to seize this opportunity by participating in great numbers to this meeting”, concluded Mr. Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.
The activities of this second edition of KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples will begin on August 30th at 5 pm. The complete programming is available online at kwequebec.com and on the Facebook page of the event: Facebook.comkwequebecenglish. Free admission.
For further information: and interviews: Alicia Rochevrier, AR Communication, 418-929-7880, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alain Garon, Communications Officer, Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, 418-254-4620, email@example.com