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Cinema on Wheels Launches its Cross-Canada Tour


Vancouver is the starting point for the pan-Canadian tour of Indigenous short films: Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels. To celebrate this new adventure, Wapikoni Mobile, who’s been active since 2004 and is a cultural staple in Quebec, partners up with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) to present a special selection of 14 short films directed by young Indigenous filmmakers who have participated in Wapikoni mobile’s creative workshops. The choice of these works, with their unique stories, is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices and incredible talents coming straight from the communities.

The launch takes place Sunday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Vancouver's Vancity Theatre and members of Wapikoni mobile will be present to do a Q&A. Prior to the screening, the caravan will be parked across the street for a meet-and-greet with the public and the press.


  • May 11, 7 pm : Seabird Island Band Office (2895 Chowat Rd, Agassiz, BC)
  • May 12, 6 pm: Chawathil First Nation (60814-04 Lougheed Hwy) BC
  • May 15, 6 pm: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (Campus de Merritt, BC), Lecture Theatre
  • May 16, 8:30 pm: Neskonlith (245 Chief Neskonlith, CB)
  • May 19, 5:30 pm (general public) : Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB
  • May 20 (youth programme) 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Eric Harvie Theatre in conjunction with the Banff Children’s Festival, Banff, AB
  • May 23, 8:30 pm: Tsuut'ina Nation (159 Bullhead Rd, Tsuut'ina, AB) 
  • May 24, 5 pm: Siksika Nation (Deerfoot Sportsplex, Siksika, AB)
  • May 26 (time to be announced): Samson, AB
  • June 5 1 pm (teen programme) and 7 pm (general public): Poundmaker Veterans Hall (Poundmaker, SK)
  • June 7, 6 pm: Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (960 103th Rd, North Battleford, SK)
  • (more dates to come)
“Through the project 'Wapikoni from Coast to Coast: Building Bridges and Reconciliation through Media Arts', young Indigenous Canadians will have the opportunity to be heard and to exchange ideas. The audiovisual and musical creative workshops will give young creators the chance to express themselves, and the resulting works will be presented in several communities across the country. Let’s take advantage of the 150th anniversary of Confederation to have a positive dialogue and to strengthen relations between us all,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. 

From April to November, a caravan equipped with exterior projection equipment and staffed by two facilitators will travel west to east, covering 10 Canadian provinces and stopping in 100 Indigenous communities and 50 cities. The screenings will be in English, French and Indigenous languages.

"One of Wapikoni’s most cherished dreams has come true: Making the voices of Indigenous youth who we have worked with for over 13 years echo throughout Canada, establishing a dialogue between communities of all origins through their films. These works are a unique part of Indigenous cultural heritage," says Manon Barbeau, Executive Director of Wapikoni.

“We believe in the power of film to affect change. That’s why a program like Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels is so important. It helps amplify the voices of these emerging Indigenous creators,” says Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of VIFF. “We believe in supporting the talent that exists here in Canada and are always on the lookout for good stories and innovative ways of creating them. We are honoured to partner with Wapikoni in sharing the often unheard stories created by Indigenous youth across Canada.”

About Wapikoni

Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited over 20 communities and accompanied thousands of participants who worked to direct more than 920 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 142 awards and honours at national and international festivals.

About VIFF

Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. VIFF produces screenings, talks and events that act as a catalyst for a diverse community to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of storytelling on screen. In its 36th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 28-October 13, 2017 as it showcases the top international, Canadian and BC films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

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