In 2016 nistamîkwan was created as a way to honour the continuum of artistic growth and creative partnerships formed by Métis multidisciplinary artist and performer Moe Clark. For the past eight years Clark has created vital and diverse collaborations in Montreal and beyond, offering live perform ances and community-based expressive arts workshops with an emphasis in music, voice, poetry and movement. Stemming from these collaborations, nistamîkwan grows from the desire to acknowledge the resiliency of relationships and create forums for further exchange. nistamîkwan, translated from nêhiyawêwin (Plains Cree language) means “first feather”, and represents the transformation that is possible when voices come together in an act of creation. Bridging indigenous and non-indigenous cultures through inclusive creative collaborations, nistamîkwan encourages intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural exchanges.