back from the north

Sophie Privé is back from the North!  She just returned from an amazing trip to two small villages at the mouth of Great Whale River, along the coast of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec.  She participated in a mural project through Artisans of Today’s Communities (ARTCO) in which two murals were created by Cree and Inuit children. Privé was the painting workshop facilitator.

ARTCO is a digital media project parallel to the filmmaking crew lead by Zacharias Kunuk, a Canadian Inuk producer and director best known for his film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).  The project encourages Inuit and Cree children to investigate the current relationship between both cultures, and – as a healing process – start creating new possibilities for their shared future.  ARTCO is an innovative and interactive reconciliation project that will bring Inuit and Cree children to practice peacemaking through art and new media.

Working with local teachers, professional artists travelled to Great Whale River to give workshops in filmmaking, visual arts, music and animation to Inuit and Cree children.  Separate workshops were held in Kuujjuaraapik for Inuit participants and in Whapmagoostui for Cree participants.

With their new skills, both Inuit and Cree participants created, through an online collaborative process, artistic pieces based on their past and present realities. Inuit and Cree children shared their work with each other through an interactive website, beginning a healing process and creating bridges in the community.

Click on the video below to watch “First step: mural – Inuit school” shot by Sophie Privé.  A window will appear from the ARTCO website. When the video is complete, in the same window, click on Sophie Privé’s name and you will find many other videos, images and sound bites that capture her experiences!  There are also many from the other workshop leaders, children and the community. It is an amazing sharing resource!

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I adored my experience.  The landscape was wonderful.  The Cree and Inuit children were very beautiful, sweet and funny and they created two very pretty and colourful murals!                             ~ Sophie Privé

The two villages:

Kuujjuarapik (Small Great River in Inuktitut) is the southernmost Inuit village at the mouth of the Great Whale River (French: Grande Rivière de la Baleine) on the coast of Hudson Bay in Nunavik, Quebec, Canada. About 800 people, mostly Cree, live in the adjacent village of Whapmagoostui. The community is only accessible by air (Kuujjuarapik Airport) and, in late summer, by boat. The nearest Inuit village is Umiujaq, about 160 km north-northwest of Kuujjuarapik. (info source)

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