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WAPIKONI & YO-YO MA

Wapikoni & Yo-Yo Ma: An Unforgettable Collaboration! 

As part of the Montreal Bach Festival, the Wapikoni organized on Saturday, December 8, 2018, a community engagement session with the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This event took place at the White Wall Studio Montreal and consisted of film screenings, discussions and artistic performances. The topic of the panel Indigenous media and technology and the ways in which identity, culture, art and values contribute to social transformation and increase the empowerment and participation of Indigenous peoples across Canada. 
Among the panelists were: Wapikoni's Executive Director Odile Joannette, filmmaker Kevin Papatie, Innu multidisciplinary artist Natasha Kanapé FontaineJason Lewis and Skawennati, cofounders and codirectors of AbTec (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace) and lawyer Karina Kesserwan. The evening came to a beautiful close when singer/actor Émile Proulx-Cloutier and poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine - accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma - 
performed the song
"Maman" - an adaptation of "Mommy" popularized by Pauline Julien. Watch this unforgettable performance on our Facebook page. 

From left to right: Yo-Yo Ma, Odile Joannette, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine et Kevin Papatie.

 

From left to right: Karina Kesserwan, Yo-Yo Ma, Kevin Papatie, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Émile Proulx Cloutier et Manon Barbeau

 


As part of the Montreal Bach Festival, the Wapikoni organized a community engagement session on Saturday, December 8, with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This event, held at the White Wall Studio Montreal, brought together film screenings, discussions and artistic performances. The theme of the panel discussion was media and technology from an Indigenous perspective. It addressed how identities, cultures, art and values not only contribute to social transformations but also increase the empowerment and participation of Indigenous people in Canada.

Among the panelists were: Odile Joannette, Executive Director of Wapikoni, filmmaker Kevin Papatie, Innu multidisciplinary artist Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, duo Jason Lewis and Skawennati, co-founders and co-directors of AbTec (Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace) and lawyer Karina Kesserwan. To finish the evening, singer and actor Émile Proulx-Cloutier and poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine performed the song "Maman" - an adaptation of "Mommy" popularized by Pauline Julien - with Yo-Yo Ma. Watch this memorable interpretation on our Facebook page.