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Wapikoni's 2018 Season Has Begun

// Virginie Michel

WAPIKONI MOBILE IS BACK ON THE ROAD, ROLLING TOWARDS INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

Wapikoni Mobile's travelling audiovisual and musical creation studios have just hit the road. Sixteen (16) Indigenous communities across Canada, including three in urban centres (Vancouver, Montreal and Thunder Bay) will welcome Wapikoni this year. On average, 300 youth take part in these creation and training workshops each year. The first community to be visited will be Mashteuiatsh, in Quebec, where our studio will be returning for the first time since 2006! Abroad, thanks to a partnership with Oxfam-Québec, youth in Jordan and Palestine will get the chance to tell their stories through film while developing their creative and leadership skills.

Accompanied by two filmmaker-mentors, an Indigenous assistant filmmaker-mentor, a local youth outreach worker and a coordinator from the community, participants are trained in screenwriting, directing and in the numerous technical aspects of filmmaking (camera, sound recording and editing) with cutting edge professional equipment. Each participant benefits from mentoring adapted to his or her experience and pace.

Thanks to these mobile studios, Indigenous youth get to express their views through shorts and original music recordings. These creative works depicting their world, their reality, their struggles, and the incredible richness of their culture and humour, are then shown in the community at the end of the workshop.

Translated in many languages, some of these films will travel the world and be screened at prestigious events such as, recently, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN's headquarters in New York City, major international festivals, as well as throughout Canada thanks to Wapikoni on Wheels and Vélo Paradiso.

2018 Calendar

Mashteuiatsh
May 7 - June 1 

Kitiganik
May 21 - June 15

Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam
June 4 - 29

Montréal
June 11 - July 12

Lac-Simon
June 18 - July 13

Wikwemikong
June 25 - July 20

Ekuanitshit
July 2 - 27

Manawan
July 16 - August 10

Kuujjuaq
July 23 - August 16

Thunder Bay
July 24 - August 18

Nutashkuan
July 30 - August 24

Opitciwan
August 14 - September 8

Clearwater River
August 23 - September 17

Pessamit
August 27 - September 21

Listuguj
September 12 - October 7

Vancouver
October 1 - 31