Cofounded by the Atikamekw Nation Council, the First Nations Youth Council and Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni Mobile travelled around to native communities in Quebec in 2004. Ten years later, more than 3,000 young participants from 9 nations and from 25 communities have directed more than 600 short films, many of which have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and even Mandarin. These works have won 80 prizes and honours in prestigious national and international festivals. Wapikoni’s work has been honoured several times, including in 2012 by the “Plural+ Honorable Mention Award” by UNAOC and the IOM, two United Nations agencies in New York, and the Arts Council of Montreal Prize for cinema.
Thanks to its work in audiovisual and musical involvement, training and creation, Wapikoni Mobile helps First Nations youth in Quebec discover their potential and develop their autonomy and leadership while participating in many activities such as distribution, networking and co-creation in Canada and abroad.
Ten years after its creation, Wapikoni Mobile’s mission has grown: pan-Canadian initiatives aiming to create bridges between First Nations youth; partnerships helping to weave bonds with First Nations brothers and sisters all over the world; and workshops carrying out Wapikoni Mobile methods in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Panama.
Wapikoni Mobile is still planning on pursuing its commitment to First Nations communities, and hopes it will do so for years to come.
10 years – 1000 activities!
Ghislain Picard, Chief of the First Nations Assembly of Quebec and Labrador
Honorary President of 10th Anniversary Festivities
Wapikoni Artist Showcase Radio broadcast
Every Friday at 10:10 am and 11:30 am.
On air at SOCAM (Atikamekw-Montagnais Communication Society)
Radio broadcast of short films. The program is available as a podcast and on air for different community radio stations.
Back to roots Commemorative shoot and retrospective screening
Starting February 19 Pikogan, Lac-Simon, Kitcisakik, Wemotaci, Opitciwan and Manawan
The founder, Manon Barbeau, will shoot in the communities where Wapikoni began and will offer the tribal councils a DVD set.
Wapikoni Mobile, 10 years already!
Meeting at Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois February 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Bistro SAQ of La Cinémathèque Québécoise
Kickoff to 10th Anniversary festivities at the RVCQ. Five promising filmmakers will talk about Wapikoni Mobile.
A new window onto Wapikoni cinema Digital Platform
Starting in March Télé-Québec
Télé-Québec features First Nations and Wapikoni cinema on its new digital platform.
La Cinémathèque Québécoise honours Wapikoni
Screening March 5 to April 24 Cinémathèque québécoise
The best Wapikoni short films shown before films in the program Orson Welles: the ogre of cinema.
UNESCO’s International Women’s Day
Exhibit March 7 to 21 Salle des pas perdus, UNESCO, Paris
Manon Barbeau and Wapikoni will represent Quebec in Paris at the exhibit “Challenges and Success in Implementing Millennium Objectives for the Development of Women and Girls”.
International Women’s Day QNW and Wapikoni, a double celebration!
Celebration March 8 at 7:00 pm Écomusée du fier monde
The organization Quebec Native Women and Wapikoni celebrate their fourth and tenth anniversary together.
Wapikoni in Anishnabe territory with UQAT
Retrospective Screening Week of March 17 UQAT, Val-d’Or
The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue presents a retrospective of Wapikoni films.
International Film Festival of Guadalajara honours Quebec
Retrospective Screening March 24 to 28 Guadalajara, Mexico
A retrospective of the best Wapikoni short films, in Spanish or in the original version with subtitles.
500,000 km later, Wapi is still rolling
Press Conference and Trailer Send-off May 2 NFB
A commemoration of Wapikoni Mobile’s first departure to native communities of Quebec in collaboration with the NFB and the official inauguration of the fourth trailer.
National Aboriginal Day Retrospective screening of the best Wapikoni video clips
June 21 The Centre for Aboriginal Community Development in Montreal presents a retrospective of Wapikoni.
1st International Conference to create an International Gathering of First Nations People
Meetings-Debates July 31 to August 1 Auditorium of La Grande Bibliothèque
In collaboration with Land InSights for the Aboriginal Presence Festival, Wapikoni invites its international partners and filmmakers from here and abroad to discuss cinematographic co-creation and the distribution of their works.
Aboriginal peoples’ rights, 7 years later!
Panel, screening and cocktail party September 12
Maison du développement durable Amnesty International and Wapikoni celebrate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal People.
World Conference on Aboriginal People
Retrospective screening September 22-23
UN Retrospective of Wapikoni films (under development).
10 years: we’re celebrating big!
Event/benefit and retrospective screening Mid-October
Celebration of the 10th anniversary and annual launch of Wapikoni Mobile films for the New Cinema Festival.
ImagineNATIVE Festival honours Wapikoni Retrospective screening
October 22 to 26 Toronto
The prestigious Toronto festival will organize a retrospective to celebrate Wapikoni’s 10th anniversary.