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...

2017-04-13Stanley Vollant, de Compostelle à Kuujjuaq

Stanley Vollant, de Compostelle à Kuujjuaq

Merci de confirmer votre présence à la projection du 19 avril à l’adresse suivante :

First national broadcast of the Documentary mini-series On ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ (In French only)


2016-12-23Call for film submissions

The Montreal First Peoples Festival is calling on you to submit your audio-visual works for its 27 th edition, taking place August 2 nd to August 9 th , 2017. 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 open to all, given the relevance of a film’s topic.

Details, rules and entry form now on-line: ...

2016-11-10Remise du prix Albert-Tessier à la grande cinéaste abénaquise Alanis Obomsawin

In French only.

Terres en vues se réjouit de la remise du prix Albert-Tessier à la grande cinéaste abénaquise Alanis Obomsawin et offre ses chaleureuses félicitations à la récipiendaire.

Attentive aux voix, d’abord et avant tout, son travail allait constituer en une mise en scène de la parole des peuples oubliés afin d’en restituer la grandeur et la cohérence. S’investissant totalement, films après films, la documentariste devient véritablement, dans le sens le plus fort et le plus noble du terme, porte-parole.

Il y a un cinéma selon Alanis Obomsawin, mais il ne faut pas...

2016-08-29Gentil Cruz, passeur de mémoires

Gentil Cruz

DOCUMENTARY STREAMING UNTIL OCTOBER 31st, 2016 (Spanish with French subtitles)

Watch the wining film for 1st Prize of the Rigoberta-Menchu Award (for social significance) at the 26th edition of the festival. Presented online by Présence autochtone - Montreal First Peoples Festival with the collaboration of Philippe Brulois, director, and the Association Tchendukua [

2016-08-10Palmarès 2016

Among wounded beings, neglected and often despised, like flashes of light on a blocked horizon, we witness great moments of humanity and hope. For weaving the marvels of an ancient legend into the banal contemporary reality of homeless people and for understanding that, atop the rubble of their broken dreams, men still dream;

The First Peoples Festival 2016 jury awards the Teueikan Grand Prize to Mekko by Sterlin Harjo (USA)


A man built bridges so the ancestral cosmovision of the Kogi people of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta could be...

2016-08-04Programmation of the 26th edition

Présence Autochtone 2016/Montreal First Peoples festival

:) Dès le 3 août! Starting August 3rd!!

Posted by Présence autochtone on Monday, July 25, 2016