On January 15 and 16, Melissa Mollen Dupuis, President of the Wapikoni, accompanied by Craig Commanda participant and assistant filmmaker from the community of Kitigan Zibi, were invited as speakers at the colloque jeunes chercheurs 2016 : "Quebec in the Americas," organized by the Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) in Washington. It was an opportunity for them to share with the attendance which was very receptive to the Wapikoni short films made in Indigenous communities in Quebec.
The conference brought together 17 researchers from various disciplines who were able to share their work on Quebec as a distinct society in its relations with the Americas. These researchers included a close collaborator of the Wapikoni, Ms Claudine Cyr, Professor at the Faculty of Administrative and Social Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico. She presented a lecture entitled "The role of the Wapikoni Mobile in the development of Indigenous cinema continental networks."
This stay was also the occasion of another screening discussion with Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Craig Commanda at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
Photo, from left to right: Jean-Stéphane Bernard, sous-ministre au ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie; Niall Cronin, conseiller aux affaires publiques, Secrétariat de Washington; Frédéric Tremblay, chef du bureau du Québec à Washington; Milèna Santoro, présidente de l’AIEQ et professeure à Georgetown University; Melissa Mollen Dupuis et Craig Commanda
Both screenings enabled the presentation of the following films:
- L’enfance déracinée (Uprooted Generation), by Réal Junior Leblanc
- Tio’tia:ke – Montréal, by Amanda Roy
- Nitanish - À ma fille (Nitanish – To My Daughter), by Melissa Mollen Dupuis
- Call And Response, by Craig Commanda
- In Your Heart, by Ray Caplin
- Abinodjic madjinakini (The Amendment), by Kevin Papatie
- Micta, by Meky Ottawa and Élisa Moar
- Nanameskueu (Earthquake), by Réal Junior Leblanc
- Nanapush and the Turtle, by Melissa Mollen Dupuis
- We Will Rise, by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
- We Are, by Kevin Papatie
- Where Are Your Feathers, by Mélanie Lumsden and Widia Larivière
- Nothing on Mocassins, by Eden Awashish
- The Routes, by James McDougall
- The Weight, by Craig Commanda
- Traditional Healing, by Ray Caplin
- A New Breath, by Mélanie Lumsden and Widia Larivière