TELUS donates $20,000 to Wapikoni for its tour of 12 First Nations
MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - To highlight its eighth anniversary,
the Wapikoni team recently announced that its mobile audiovisual and
musical creation studio will travel to meet with artists from 12 First
Nations communities in Québec. TELUS contributed to this project
through a $20,000 financial contribution from its Community Board. The
donation will be used to upgrade the Wapikoni Mobile's technical
equipment, allowing emerging talents from the four corners of Québec to
work with the best tools.
"Our First Nations communities are bursting with talented young singers
and musicians. Unfortunately, they have very limited access to the
resources required to break into the arts and culture scene," stated
Manon Barbeau, Director of Wapikoni. "The TELUS Community Board's
generous donation will help dozens of local artists to speak out
through music recordings and video clips. Wapikoni Mobile provides
First Nations with a concrete means to express their identity, which is
an integral part of our rich, multicultural heritage. The new tour
coincides with our eighth anniversary."
As part of the Wapikoni project, young Aboriginals can benefit from
professional advice, whether it be to improve a musical score, video
production, or to maximize their use of social media in the promotion
of their work. A Web site featuring the young artists' profiles will
contribute to the visibility of the First Nations' repertoire. The site
will also include a networking and mentoring component with established
"At TELUS, we give where we live. It is important for TELUS and its
Community Board to promote all forms of artistic expression. Art is a
mirror to our culture and our roots," emphasized TELUS Community Board
member Jean-René Gagnon. "By supporting the Wapikoni Mobile, we are
enabling First Nations to fulfill their potential and ensure they have
the necessary tools to do so. We hope to see many of them follow in the
footsteps of the talented Samian, Sakay Ottawa and Kathia Rock."
The Wapikoni tour will kick off on May 1, with stops in the following
communities: Winneway, La Romaine, Kitcisakik, Nutashkuan, Wemotaci,
Pessamit, Opiticiwan, Uashat-Maliotenam, Mistissni, Kitigan Zibi,
Manawan and Lac Simon. Each stopover will be capped off by a large
celebration, during which the young participants have the opportunity
to present their work to the members of their community.
A must-see retrospective at Cinéma Beaubien!
The inaugural 2011 Wapikoni tour was launched on April 26th at Cinéma Beaubien. This American first featured several works produced
in the mobile studio, reflecting contemporary Aboriginal life that made
its mark on the film industry. The featured short films will be playing
all week at Cinéma Beaubien from Friday April 29th to Thursday May 5th, at 5:00 pm. Details are available at http://www.cinemabeaubien.com/fr/alaffiche.aspx#WAPIKONIMOBILE.
Wapikoni will also be celebrating the mobile's departure at Cinéma Le
Clap in Quebec City on Wednesday April 27th, and the short films will be presented all week. To consult the
schedule, please visit http://www.clap.qc.ca/default.html.
"Cinéma Beaubien is pleased to welcome film to the showing of well-known
Wapikoni productions," said Mario Fortin, Director of Cinéma Beaubien.
"We wanted to give people the chance to re-experience the major hits by
young Aboriginals who have made a name for themselves in the industry.
We hope that young viewers will be inspired and that movie-goers in
general will be moved by them."
This week's screenings at Cinéma Beaubien include:
Déboires, by Délia Gunn, recently picked up by the Cannes Film Festival film
L'Amendement, by Kevin Papatie, showing prior to the film L'Âge des ténèbres by Denys
Coureurs de nuit, by Chanouk Newashish, many times awarded, including Best Short
Documentary award during the 2006 Toronto mageNATIVE Festival.
About Wapikoni Mobile
Wapikoni Mobile was created by filmmaker Manon Barbeau and co-founded in
2003 by the Atikamekw Nation Council and the First Nations Youth
Council. Since then, it has reached 7 nations, 18 communities and 2,000
youth. It has produced 374 films, and 277 music pieces, won 44 national
and international awards, and is now active in Bolivia, Chile and Peru.
The films produced by Wapikoni Mobile represent a unique contribution to
the world's cultural heritage.
For more information on Wapikoni Mobile and to view its films, visit: www.wapikoni.tv
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million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet
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President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol
(IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245
million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS
Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic
initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
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