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Manon Barbeau and Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payette. 
Photo: Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © BSGG, 2017

Wapikoni Mobile is very proud to announce the appointment of its co-founder and Executive Director, Manon Barbeau, to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. The award ceremony took place at 10 am, on November 17, 2017 at Rideau Hall.

Manon Barbeau is among the 22 renowned Quebec figures to be honoured by the government in 2017. “Seeing my work with marginalized and vulnerable people, especially Indigenous communities, being recognized is very moving. This honour is also theirs as it contributes to shine light on the talent and richness of nations that have been invisibilized far too long”, stated Mrs. Barbeau.

 “I am delighted to recognize these new recipients of the Order of Canada. The individuals on today’s list are truly inspiring as they have helped to build the smarter, more caring nation that we, as Canadians, are all so proud to call ‘home’. Let us celebrate these remarkable individuals today and every day!” stated his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson when he announced the winners earlier this year.

Manon Barbeau has been part of the Quebec audiovisual landscape for over thirty years. As a film director and writer, she has worked on multiple programs, including the series Le club des 100 watts, which has won several awards. At the National Film Board, in 1998, she made Les enfants de Refus global, a powerful documentary. The following year, she made L’armée de l’ombre, where she gave a voice to marginalized youth. This was followed by other films also dealing with exclusion. In 2004, with the Atikamekw Nation Council and the First Nations Youth Council of Quebec and Labrador, Ms. Barbeau founded the Wapikoni Mobile, a traveling studio dedicated to audiovisual creation and training for Aboriginal youth. In 2007, Manon Barbeau founded Musique Nomade, a mobile recording studio that offers Indigenous musicians of Canada the opportunity to record tracks as well as music videos in a professional setting, and in 2014, the International Network for Aboriginal Audio-Visual Creation (INAAC), which as 50 members from 18 countries. These initiatives continue to be powerful human and cultural instruments of development for the First Peoples in Quebec and elsewhere in America. Wapikoni is an official partner of UNESCO.

Photo: Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © BSGG, 2017