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The Government of Canada supports the 27th Montréal First Peoples Festival

MONTRÉAL, June 13, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $105,000 for the presentation of the 27th Montréal First Peoples Festival, which will take place from August 2 to 9, 2017.

This support, made available through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will allow the public to learn about Indigenous Peoples and their rich cultures by taking part in celebrations that showcase the art, history and traditions of the first occupants of Canada.


"No relationship is more important to our Government than our relationship with Indigenous Peoples. That's why, as we celebrate Canada 150, we are proud to support activities that help Canadians get to know Indigenous cultures better. Congratulations to the organizers of the Montréal First Peoples Festival, who are helping thousands of visitors create connections with Indigenous Peoples and discover their heritage, culture, traditions and unique contributions to Canada."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"In this year of commemoration, Indigenous Peoples—who are experiencing a full cultural renaissance—are turning their sights to the future. With its youthful and lively programming, the 2017 Montréal First Peoples Festival carries a great deal of hope for renewal."

—André Dudemaine, Artistic Director, Land InSights

Quick Facts

The Montréal First Peoples Festival is presented every year in the Quartier des spectacles by Land InSights, a non-profit organization with the mandate of building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

In 2017, the Montréal First Peoples Festival, which attracts about 50,000 visitors each year, will be a meeting place where differences are respected.

Programming for the 2017 edition will include a ritual and ceremonial interpretation of the myth of two brothers who are enemies; a day dedicated to cultural diversity; a large concert featuring emerging young Indigenous artists paired with familiar names from the Quebec scene; and original films and videos illustrating the real or imaginary universe of Indigenous Peoples the world over.

Associated Links

Montréal First Peoples Festival


Canada Arts Presentation Fund



SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca


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