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T’Cha Dunlevy: Post-Kanata, how about Montreal First Peoples Festival? – Montreal Gazette

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 2018107 Views

August 7, 2018

The dust has settled on the controversy surrounding Robert Lepage’s Kanata — an issue on which, much like the SLĀV controversy that preceded it, seemingly everyone had an opinion. Now that things are dying down, what are we going to do about it?

One concrete thing that you could do, whatever your opinion about Lepage and Théatre du Soleil’s Ariane Mnouchkine’s staging of a show looking at Canadian Indigenous history without casting any Indigenous actors, is to make time in your calendar for a wide-ranging event that has been bringing authentic Indigenous culture to the heart of the city for nearly three decades.

The 28th Montreal First Peoples Festival (aka Présence autochtone) runs through Aug. 15, celebrating Aboriginal film, music, visual arts, crafts and food. And you would be most welcome.

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