Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute Wins Coveted National Award for Outstanding Achievement
OUJÉ-BOUGOUMOU, QC, April 13, 2018 – The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) is proud to announce that its travelling exhibition “Footprints: A Walk Through Generations” has been selected as the recipient of the Canadian Museums Association’s “Award of Outstanding Achievement in the Exhibition – Cultural Heritage” category. The exhibit is a breathtaking multimedia creation of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou, and celebrates the language, stories, ceremonies, arts, and technologies of this Indigenous nation. Footprints has been touring the James Bay Cree communities, and begins a cross-Canada tour in May of 2019 with a ten month visit to the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec.
In conveying this coveted award, the CMA said: “The Jury was unanimous in recognizing that your exhibition submission met all of the Association’s criteria for outstanding achievement… this project was nationally significant and exceeded the current standard of practice by going beyond the conventional approach.”
Dr. Sarah Pash, Executive Director of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, explains: “This exhibit, curated and developed from a Cree perspective in collaboration with Elders in all of our 10 communities, is an example of the way in which we, as Indigenous peoples, can tell our own stories and share our cultures in exciting and engaging ways. At Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute we strive to be innovative in the field of Indigenous museology and heritage work, ensuring that our culture, language, and stories are maintained for generations to come. Footprints: A Walk Through Generations conveys the knowledge and tradition of countless generations and celebrates our close relationship with the land we have always walked. ”
The CMA award adds to a number of major national and international honours granted to ACCI since the Institute opened in 2012, including an International Council of Museums Award for its website, the Grand Prix du Design Quebecois for Architecture, and a Canadian Museums Association National Award for Excellence in Education Programming.
To find out more about “Footprints: A Walk Through Generations” and the work of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, located in Ouje-Bougoumou, QC, please visit creeculturalinstitute.ca or contact Dr. Sarah Pash, Executive Director.
About Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute:
Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a 30,000 square-foot museum and cultural centre, and is the James Bay Crees’ primary location for preservation of documents, media, and physical objects, designed for preservation, conservation, research, and knowledge transfer.
For further information: Dr. Sarah Pash, Executive Director, Aanischaaukamikw, firstname.lastname@example.org, 418-745-2444, ext. 2022