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First Peoples Fest gives big nod to creation story

Feature-length films and living arts are the focus of this summer’s First Peoples Festival. The 27th edition of the annual event will transform Place des Festivals from August 2-9, organizers announced on Tuesday morning. “This year, as always, we have great outdoor activities around what we call now Place du Makusham (Place

Trio of books well worth a summer read

It’s warm out most days, and the perfect weather for spreading a blanket and chilling on the grass with a book. The Eastern Door found a trio of recently published books well worth a look. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) Poetry Kanien’kéha and Tuscarora spoken-word artist Janet Rogers’ Peace in Duress (Talon

Missing and murdered, not forgotten

The Montreal 375 celebration has been a mix of parties, reflection and some reconciliation, and artist Hannah Claus’s “je me souviens” series of window displays draws dramatic attention to the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Quebec and Canada. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) Each week, the piece is different, but

Ojibwe author honoured with literary prize

Author David Treuer received this year’s Blue Metropolis First People’s Literary Prize, and spoke about his craft at the McCord Museum in Montreal. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) David Treuer became the third recipient of the First People’s Literary Prize handed out by the Blue Metropolis during its annual festival

Spring symphony of sounds

Budding musicians from Kahnawake joined the St. Francis Xavier Mission’s Mohawk Choir and the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra at a fundraising concert on Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Music echoed throughout the St. Francis Xavier Mission as dozens of Kahnawake’s young musicians performed alongside the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra Saturday

An environmental wake-up call through art

Babe and Carla Hemlock made their Montreal debut with Tehatikonhsatatie: For the Faces That Are Yet to Come. (Photos: Franca G. Mignacca, The Eastern Door) By: Franca G. Mignacca, The Eastern Door Dozens of people filled the Maison de la culture Frontenac for the third and last bi-annual addition of Printemps autochtone d’Art. Guests were

Mohawk art to adorn Mercier Bridge

Skarahkotà:ne Deom will have three pieces of her work lining the Mercier Bridge as the 24-year-old Concordia student prepares for her final year for her bachelor’s degree. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) from Chateauguay Brenda Shanahan painted the scene with words of what commuters traversing the

Persevering art educator overcomes hurdles

Skarahkotà:ne Deom’s educational path was a tough one that involved swallowing the tough pill of perseverance that saw her overcome a subject that sends shivers down the spines of many in Kahnawake: French. (Daniel J. Rowe The Eastern Door) The journey has not been short, easy or without a swerve in

In flip flopping weather, reach for tried and true

The Stetson had me covered at a chilly rodeo in Grande Prairie. (Daniel J. Rowe The Eastern Door) By: Stephanie EM Coleman, The Eastern Door Fashion Filosopher Hot then cold, cold then hot, stormy then not - what will it be? Are we or aren’t we? Do you ever feel like spring’s just toying