2018-07-24The 28th edition of the First People's Festival plays its score in tune with the harmony between Peoples

Today, at a press conference at the Grande Bibliothèque, Artistic Director André Dudemaine, unveiled the programming for the 28th festival edition. "The First People's Festival is the quiet and unstoppable force behind emerging voices that will never be confined to silence again – let it be said! After being put away into ancient archives too soon, Indigenous cultures are now being reformulated in hybrid forms with contributions from various spheres, and are making dazzling artistic advances'.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26th like every year, The...

2018-07-16The First People's Festival is Searching for Participants for a Large Scale Theatrical Production

For the 28th edition of the First People’s Festival, we are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in a large scale live theater show. The theatre show entitled «Ioskeha and Tawiscara: The Great Game of Creation» will be presented on August 10 and 12, 2018, starting at 8:30 pm at the Quartier des spectacles in Montreal, with rehearsals and a dress rehearsal (dates to come). The performance will bring to life a traditional story of the Haudenosaunee people. Those interested in being part of the volunteer casting of this unique production are invited to submit their name and contact...

2018-05-02Job Offer: Présence autochtone Festival Ambassador

Mission of Présence autochtone/First Peoples' Festival

Develop links between the artistic and cultural rebirth of the First Peoples and the cultural dynamism of a great metropolis, in a sustainable development perspective based on friendship among peoples, diversity of sources of expression as a collective treasure to be shared and through recognition of the specificity of First Nations and Inuit.

Présence autochtone

Présence autochtone/First peoples' Festival is one of the four festivals that enliven Place des Festivals, in the cultural vibrancy of the peak tourist season (...

2017-12-22Call for film submissions

(Français ci-bas – español más abajo)


Call for film submissions Deadline: March 19 2018 Extended final deadline: April 2 nd 2018

The Montreal First Peoples Festival is calling on you to submit your audio-visual works for its 28 th edition, taking place August 8th to 15 th 2018. As always, we will screen a selection of films of all kinds, short and feature-length, representing Indigenous peoples across the Americas and other parts of the world. Although we seek to present the work of Indigenous filmmakers, the selection is...

2017-12-16Terres en vues / Land InSights awarded

On December 7 2017, the ‘’Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse » (Quebec Human Ridhts Commission) has given a ‘’Droits et Libertés’’ prize to the Montreal First Peoples Festival. The commission has applauded the fact that the festival has been a cultural beacon for culture and reconciliation.

«One of the founding members, André Dudemaine, an Indigenous man of Innu origins, has tirelessly run this event for the past 27 years as well as his other implications in supporting and promoting Aboriginal rights. This prize is also awarded to him to highlight his unrelenting...

2017-08-01Montréal rapaillé

Earth and waters join forces so that, from time immemorial, fraternity among peoples has found expression here.

From the mountain’s summit, as Kondiaronk declares, the tree of peace shines, convening humans from all horizons to gather beneath its foliage.

We call upon the spirits of the place so that, from our artistic encounters around the cultures of the First Peoples, the tranquil strength of respect for differences can emerge in shared friendship.

The great stories from the Indigenous tradition find a new voice in the territory where they were born, taking new paths to touch...

2017-08-01Return of the fireflies

Cruising on a bike ( See This Spirit Bike ), dancing to the lively airs of the Métis fiddle ( Hands to the Sky ) or gliding on the enchanted exhalations of dream ( Four Faces of the Moon; Johogoi Aiyy ), the Indigenous soul impetuously seeks anchorage in the present time where it is most needed as the Earth grows poorer at headlong speed through deforestation ( Frères des arbres, l’appel d’un chef papou ), targeting peoples ( A Time To Swim ) while the law of profit for the benefit of the few has become a universal rule.

Feeling the coming spirit, some knock on doors of shamans, who offer them...

2017-07-13The First People's Festival is searching for participants for a large scale theatrical production

For the 27 th edition of the First People’s Festival, we are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in a large scale live theater show, presented as part of Montreal’s 375 th anniversary celebrations. The theatre show entitled " Ioskeha and Tawiscara: The Great Game of Creation " will be presented on August 3 and 6, 2017, starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Quartier des spectacles in Montreal, with rehearsals and a dress rehearsal on July 27 th and August 2 nd . The show will interpret a portion of a traditional Creation story of the Haudenosaunee people. Those interested in being part of...

2017-06-13Cinema and living arts at the heart of 27th First Peoples Festival August 2nd – 9th

Anniversaries are opportunities to look back, and while doing so, to re-examine legacies. The city is promoting reconciliation through the joint initiative of Mayor Coderre and AFNQL, while the Société du 375 e invite us to build bridges. First Peoples Festival, which spearheaded the progress now gaining ground, intends to play a major role in this promising project. Indigenous Youth will have pride of place in this year’s event, taking place under the sign of renewal, meetings and friendship.

As has become our tradition, First Peoples Festival will kick off its festive installations in the...