MONTREAL – The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival is back till Aug. 11 at the Place des Festivals and other locations in the metropolis, a year after most Indigenous events such as powwows had been postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 31st model is showcasing a sequence of local track, dance presentations and extra than 60 movies competing as part of the festival’s Mattiusi Awards.
Quebec announced $370,000 earlier this month for the festival with the aim of supporting the tourism and creative sectors that have been below financial strain over the last year.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière said in a statement that Montreal First Peoples’ Festival comes at a time when the complete nation is awakening to Indigenous realities and points.
An exhibition on Montreal’s famous Sainte-Catherine Avenue representing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will also be launched on International Day of Indigenous Peoples, Aug. 9, as part of the festival.
Culture Minister Nathalie Roy said the festival promotes better knowledge of Indigenous traditions, values and arts.
This yarn by The Canadian Press was first printed on Aug. 7, 2021.