Public recognition

Since 2004, Wapikoni short movies have received 151 awards and distinctions at festivals around the world. The work accomplished by Wapikoni Mobile and by Indigenous directors has been honoured and recognized by several local and international organisations.  

  • Among the 10 finalists of the 2017 Global Pluralism Award, in recognition of outstanding achievements to support more inclusive societies worldwide. This award is granted by the Global Centre for Pluralism and was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada.

  • Among the 10 global finalists of the Intercultural Innovation Award 2014, awarded by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW group, in the presence of Ban Ki-moon, then UN Secretary-General. 


    2014 Intercultural Innovation Award ceremony in Bali.
  • Participated five times (from 2013 until 2017) at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN headquarters in New York.


    Emilio Wawatie representing Wapikoni at the UNPFII.

  • Exhibited at the prestigious World Press Photo 2015 in Montreal from August 26th to September 27th, works comprised of films and photos with more than 55,000 visitors.


    2015 Wapikoni World Press Photo Exhibition in Montreal.

  • 2011 Rights and Freedoms Prize Winner awarded by the Commission des Droits de la Personne et des Droits de la Jeunesse du Québec (CDPDJQ)

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada designated a gratitude certificate to Wapikoni for raising awareness and taking action through film.

  • Winner of the Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) 2012 in the video category for “the excellence of the artistic projects created within this initiative; the support given to young, culturally diverse artists; the extension of projects and activities on the Montreal scene; and the continued resilience and dynamism of its organizers.”

  • Honorable Mention Award (created for Wapikoni) at the Plural + Festival, an event organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

  • The Organization of American States, 2011 compendium of beneficial practices, chose one organization to represent each country, with Wapikoni Mobile to represent Canada. They noted that Wapikoni’s “cultural initiatives have influenced some aspects of development, such as reduced violence, poverty, and dropout rates, among other things, and have pushed towards more just and egalitarian societies”.

  • As a part of the Ashoka Changemakers initiative, Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, Wapikoni Mobile was awarded the Best Canadian Initiative Award among 266 submissions.

  • Wapikoni is under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

  • Support from AFN, AFNQL, Amnesty International and OXFAM.