In September 2016, thanks to Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue, members of the Pikogan Pow-Wow organizing committee and the FME administration embarked on a process of rapprochement with art as the principal communications tool. This process was launched to encourage dialogue between two peoples who occupy the same region, Abitibi-Témiscamingue. It also aimed to establish a dialogue and build bridges between First Nations and non-First Nations communities.
Thus, through cultural exchanges, members of the organizing committees of the two events started working together in September 2016. From meeting to meeting, exchange to exchange, projects gradually took shape. Thanks to financing from Canadian Heritage and the Canada 150 Fund, the two organizations were able to realize the ideas that flowed from these exchanges.
PIKOGAN POW-WOW — JUNE 10–11 2017
The Pow-Wow invited the FME to construct giant glowing letters that were installed on the shores of the Harricana river three weeks before the Pow-Wow. On the eve of the event, a second group of letters was installed at the site entrance and large poles festooned with pennants in the colours of the medicine wheel were set up at various locations on the grounds.
FME – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBRE 1, 2017
The FME and the Pow-Wow are proud to present Makwa, a unique show that will be presented exclusively at the FME. For one night only, the shores of Osisko Lake will ring with the sounds of drums and regalias. The public is invited to meet and be carried away with the music and richness of First Nations culture. The scene will be immersive: visual, musical, sonorous, luminous, multisensory!