nistamîkwan mission

nistamîkwan is a performing and transformational arts organization bridging indigenous and non-indigenous artists with community through inclusive creative projects. nistamîkwan encourages community engagement and creative expression through education, collaboration and performance opportunities in realms of music, poetry, dance, theatre, and film. Interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intercultural in nature, projects are created with and for participants to gain greater awareness of their personal and collective capacities as creators.

nistamîkwan brings artists from distinct cultural communities together to create, perform and disseminate live performances at festivals, in community forums and showcases. Artistic dialogues connecting traditional teachings with contemporary practices inspire these works, including exploration of technology and new mediums. Through an improvised and collective process, artists envision creative outcomes together, with an emphasis on narrative imagination, storytelling and sonic environments.

Bridging community through:

Letter
from the
Artistic
Director:

Migratory Voices

As an artist, I am compelled by the creative force and resiliency of voice: as an embodiment of lived experience, a tool for transmission of knowledge and as a
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  • catalyst for spirit. When voice is given language, spoken and sung, meaning takes flight. As multiple voices take flight together, migratory systems of storytelling, improvisation and connection are activated. These collaborations help us uncover our living cosmologies to remember what is alive, or wants to become alive, in us. These are my intentions in creating nistamîkwan, to give voice to this life within and between communities and cultures. Built from foundations of integrity and trust, these collaborations empower personal and collective transformation.
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    Artistic director:
    Moe Clark

    Moe Clark:

    Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. As an educator Clark facilitates writing, vocal improvisation and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Aboriginal youth. Taking her as far north as Iqaluit to offer intergenerational storytelling exchanges and as far south as Brazil to collaborate inter-culturally, her approach to group facilitation aims to build bridges through empathetic listening and sharing.

    Clark has two albums of words and music and a bilingual book of poetry. She has performed and collaborated on numerous national and international stages including Making Treaty 7 (Treaty 7 / Calgary, AB, 2014, 2015) Maelström ReÉvolution Poétique Fiéstival in Belgium (2013 & 2009), IDEA World Congress: Art for Social Change in Brazil (2010), and at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as “Poet of Honour”.

    As artistic producer Clark’s directed, produced and performed in a multitude of projects nationally. Acclaimed performance, Transcestral, a musical exchange between indigenous musicians and Sufi musicians has been presented at Presence Autochtone, Théâtre La Chapelle and Festival du Monde Arabe. In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, that highlighted Indigenous languages. Other collaborations include Bird Messengers (2009-2011) indigenous theatre performance and workshops with Émilie Monnet (Onishka), and Back to Where My Heart Belongs nêhiyawêwin Cree language songwriting project (2013 - present) with Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow .

    As a public speaker she is a sought-after presenter with feature talks at REDxEdmonton Indigenous Talks at Rubaboo Festival (2016) and TedXMontreal (2012).

    › www.moeclark.ca

    nistamîkwan brings together creators from all walks of life, artistic talent and experiences;

    nistamîkwan bridges cultures through inclusive dialogues, circle sharing and collaborative exchange;

    nistamîkwan stimulates tools for transformation through collective engagement to inspire personal and community healing;

    nistamîkwan builds mutual trust in relationships to catalyze artistic vision and grow with integrity.


    Board members

    Anik

    Anik Sioui

    is a psychologist of Huron-Wendat descent, of the Anishnaabe Abitibiwinni of Pikogan. She works at the Health Centre in Odanak and has a private practice in Montreal. For over 18 years she has been an integral member of the indigenous community of Montreal as a professional worker as well as her social engagement. She has vast experience working in various indigenous communities, with specialization working in areas of intergenerational trauma, conjugal violence and sexual abuse. For many years she’s worked with residential school survivors and their families, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is also founding member of Odaya, an all women indigenous drum group based in Montreal. For three years Anik has been the president for the assembly of Native Women of Quebec.

    Marie-Claire

    Marie-Claire Durand

    Marie-Claire Durand is a Montreal-based musician, active as a pianist, vocalist, arranger, as well as composer and teacher (Cégep de Sainte-Foy). She received a Masters in Jazz Composition from McGill University. Accompanied by Joel Kerr on bass and Eric Thibodeau on drums, Durand performs a variety of original instrumental and vocal compositions. Her album Mai, released in February 2011, a collection of eight original compositions for jazz quintet, was featured at the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal in 2009, and the Festival On Jazz sous la lune in 2011. Other projects include Takk and Bean (Joel Kerr, Mark Nelson), a free-jazz trio focused on playful and short improvisations, featured at the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal in 2012.

    www.marieclairedurand.com