Gibideweshinimin* we are heard walking there – on nous entend marcher là

© J. Chateauvert, 2014

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© J. Chateauvert, 2014

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Gibideweshinimin* we are heard walking there – on nous entend marcher là

with Émilie Monnet and Pohanna Pyne Feinberg

Cultural Mediation
November 10, 2014 to April 30, 2015
with École Louis-Joseph Papineau
in collaboration with Myllène Caetano Alves and grade 10 students in media art


This research project will reflect on an important historical event, The Great Peace of Montreal, a peace treaty signed in 1701 in Montreal. Using this event as a point of departure will help students reflect on history and on what constitutes peaceful coexistence between different peoples sharing a common land. Various listening activities, sound recordings, broadcasts and/or performances will encourage students’ awareness of collective memory and their impact on the land, while helping them learn the fundamentals of sound art.  

* Gibideweshinimin is a word in Anishinaabemowin, kindly translated by Wilfred Abigosis.

This project is made possible thanks to Libres comme l’art, a program for professional artists of creation residencies in schools, funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ) and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

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Émilie Monnet

Interdisciplinary artist Émilie Monnet founded Onishka Productions in 2011 to present performance-based work, created from unique collaborations between artists of different cultures and disciplines. Combining theatre, performance and media arts forms, her work explores the interconnections between identity, memory, imagination and language; telling stories that weave the symbolic realms of dreams and mythology - both personal and collective. Her recent works include recompose, an interdisciplinary performance on indigenous prophecies created in collaboration with Aboriginal artists across Canada (Festival Phenomena); and the creation of a nomad interdisciplinary laboratory with Waira Nina, Inga sound artist from the Amazon in Colombia for which work-in-progress was presented at OBORO in July 2014). A graduate of Ondinnok’s theatre training program in partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal, 2007), Émilie also studied media arts and holds a Masters in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from Deusto University, Spain and from Uppsala University, Sweden. Her artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America as well as community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal youth. Émilie’s roots are Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal.

Pohanna Pyne Feinberg

Pohanna Pyne Feinberg is an artist and an art educator. Most recently, she was in residence at Dare Dare’s Field 2_Critical Space, where her research project While Walking explored walking as a creative process and aesthetic practice. Her audio-visual work is propelled by the extraordinary in the ordinary, textures of impermanence, resonance, and compassion. Over the past 10 years, Pohanna has developed educational programs and taught for several arts and cultural organizations as well as educational institutions. In 2009, she created, a webzine with the mandate to increase awareness about community-based art in the Montreal region. In 2011, her curatorial project titled [in-tur-pri-tey-shuhnz] explored the intersections between contemporary art and oral history. She received a Masters degree in Art History from Concordia University and is pursuing doctoral research in Art Education with a focus on walking as creative process and aesthetic inquiry.