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The indigenous knowledge sharing project

The Indigenous Knowledge Sharing Project highlights First Nations and Tibetan language, food, culture and arts with activities  and honours with an event June 2, 3 and 4 2017.

Chef George Lenser

A Squamish Nisga'a from Terrace B.C. and award winner in a food competition, George’s dream for his own indigenous restaurant drew him to Montreal to work as garde-manger at Joe Beef for close to two years. His goals are to further his knowledge in cooking, management, indigenous history & politics as an aspiring chef. George is presently a Concordia student, frequents the music scene and as a musician, already has stories to tell.

Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec (TCAQ)

The Montreal Canadian Tibetans are one of the first groups of exile Tibetans to immigrate into Canada. This group of Tibetans arrived here back in 1971 under a resettlement project sponsored by the Government of Canada. Over the period of last four decades, only a minute growth of population took place and today, there are over 130 Tibetans who are permanently settled in the city of Montreal and its vicinity. Many of these people have endured to live in this province by overcoming cultural shocks and language barriers.

The Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec (TCAQ) was formed in 1974 under the guidance of Tibetan Government in Exile, India. The primary objective of the Association is to preserve our rich heritage and culture. And it also focuses on keeping our old religious and cultural traditions alive.


An extraordinary chance to awaken, arouse, and pique your senses.





Crédit de photo: Mario Faubert

Crédit de photo: Mario Faubert

Saturday, june 3rd 2017

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Écomusée du fier monde

2050 Amherst

Montreal, Quebec H2L 3L8

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Buffalo Hat Singers

Ikwé video, Carolyn Monnet

Phurbu Tsering, opéra

Drum dance, Yangchen,Tashi & Tsering Chokey, Phurbu Tsering

Buffalo Hat Singers & Fancy Shawl Dance, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo

Tibet, Terres des brave video, Geneviève Brault

Tashi Chokey, song

music and dance, Yangchen,Tashi & Tsering Chokey, Phurbu Tsering

TimeTraveller™ video Episode 04, Skawennati

Buffalo Hat Singers &

Hoop Dance, Barbara Kaneratonni & Emily Kahente Diabo

Blackfoot Round Dance

Buffalo Hat Singers

The Buffalo Hat Singers are a group of contemporary powwow singers based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. They are a group of respectful individuals who are brought together by the Spirit of the song, the Power of the Drum, Peace, friendship and brotherhood. Our drum carrier, Norman Achneepineskum, has over 20 years experience on the powwow trail in Ontario and Quebec. He is also a writer and composer of powwow songs. Norman Achneepineskum, is an Anishinabe (Ojibway - Cree) originally from the Thunder Bay Region in Ontario, and has over 20 years experience being a powwow singer with a passion. Together we embark on the journey participating at events and traditional powwows in the Greater Montréal Area.


An experimental film that weaves the intimate thoughts of one woman (Ikwé) with the teachings of her grandmother, the Moon, creating a surreal narrative experience that communicates the power of thought and personal reflection.

Caroline Monnet

Caroline Monnet (b. 1985) is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Québec, currently living in Montreal. She works in film and video, painting, sculpture and installation, and is a founding member of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ. Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. She is based in Montréal. Monnet is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Ikwé, Warchild, Tshieutin), Les Rencontres Internationales (Gephyrophobia) and Sundance Film Festival (Mobilize). She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Drama for Roberta. She won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. She is currently developing with Microclimat Films her first feature film entitled Bootlegger, selected for both CineMart and Berlinale Co-Production Market 2016.

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)

The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is one of the pioneering cultural institutes established through the vision of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The institute was founded on 11th August 1959, registered under the society Act XXI of 1860 Government of India. Based in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (India), the institute aims to preserve and promote Tibetan musical heritage and associated arts. Classified as one of the key components of the traditional “five minor sciences”(Rik ne Chungwa Nga), dance and music are integral parts of Tibetan culture and tradition. Highly trained and polished, the professional artistes of the institute serve as cultural ambassadors of Tibetan diaspora.

The Montreal TIPA group performing artists are: Phurbu Tsering Risnewa, Tsering Chokey Risnewa , Yanchen lhamo & Tashi Risnewa.


Ivanie Aubin-Malo,Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo-dance

Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Fancy Shawl dancer

Ivanie Aubin-Malo is a graduate of the Montreal School of Contemporary Dance and participates in many Fancy Shawl dance competitions and events across Canada. It was a journey in Vancouver that she learned the rudiments of this dance in the company of Curtis Joe Miller, a "Pow Wow" dance champion. Illustrating the outbreak of the cocoon as the butterfly is released, the Fancy Shawl is a very popular type of Indian dance at Pow Wow gatherings. Dressed in a shawl reminiscent of a pair of colored wings, the dancers perform movements in contrast, dynamic, powerful, delicate and vaporous. The origin of this artistic practice dates back to 1940 when women appropriated dances formerly reserved for men by integrating the feminine elements but retaining the costumes of the latter. In 1960, it was the shawl with the colorful dresses, decorations of ribbons and pearls that gives the impression that the Fancy Shawl dancer is literally flying away.

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo-Fancy Shawl dancer

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo originally comes from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake and is now living in Montreal. A professional dancer and choreographer in many styles for over 25 years, she presently specializes in both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance, especially in the hoop dance. She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. She has taught all ages, from babies to elders, through dance, music, storytelling, and interactive workshops. Her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.

Tibet: Land of the Brave-film

This feature-length documentary directed by Geneviève Brault takes us far into the snow-clad mountains of Tibet where nomads still survive by herding yaks that provide food and most of their necessities. Tibet: Land of the Brave follows a young Canadian Tibetan couple back to the traditional community of the husband Gyamtso for the birth of their second child. The documentary reveals the dangers facing an ancient lifestyle as China continues its radical shift to a market economy.

Tibet: Land of the Brave directed by Geneviève Brault

Geneviève Brault

A graduate in journalism from the University of Quebec at Montreal, Geneviève Brault is a young director-screenwriter with a keen interest in social problems. Her experience as director and researcher for television allowed her to explore relevant issues like Canadian cultural diversity, the feminine condition and indigenous realities. Her short film Portrait de bohèmes was included in the running for the Caméra Verte prize at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (known by its French acronym RIDM) in 2008. Her concern with Tibet began in the early 2000s when she reported on the issue for the bilingual journalism show Culture Choc/Shock, which aired on RDI, Radio-Canada, CBC Newsworld and TV5. Her television report Lama Santen won her the Prix Galaxie from the Association of Cable Distributors in 2001. Geneviève has also directed 14 half-hour documentaries about different social issues for the series 109 (RDI/Radio-Canada).

Tibet: Land of the Brave Producer, Productions Multi-Monde

We create documentaries, as well as fiction and animation films, that are made with passion, touch the heart, and open a window on the world.

TimeTravellerTM video Episode 04, Skawennati

Skawennati Tricia Fragnito is the Network Coordinator and Community Liaison for Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC). She is also Artist-at-Large with Urban Shaman gallery, as well as an independent curator, and occaisional writer. Though she has battled and vanquished past addictions to Tetris and SSX Snowboarding, she considers herself new to the gaming world.


Workshops and Market

Workshops and Market

Workshops and market


First Nations Beading Workshop with ISAniELLE Enright

Friday, June 2nd 2017

Écomusée du fier monde, 2050 Amherst

6:30 - 8:30 PM


Bio - ISAnielle Enright

Isanielle Enright shares her heritage between the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and the Celtic first peoples of Ireland. Fascinated with the art of beading, which followed all her youth thanks to her grandmother and her aunts, she took up the family tradition in her mid-twenties with an extra goal in mind: decolonization through art. "To me, Art and language serve the same function, that of representing the world and strengthening one’s ties to a community". Defining one's identity while bathing in two very distinct cultures may prove challenging, but Isanielle works to reconcile rather than separate. "The traumas experienced in Ireland and America are similar. Children got beaten because they spoke their language in boarding schools, cultural genocide and colonization happened in both places, and the trauma of is still felt today on either side of the Ocean. "Inheriting these two truths calls for a long process of healing and for me, it began with beading again." Isanielle gives lectures and workshops inspired by beading and traditional artisans techniques.

Tibetan caligraphy workshop with 

Tenzin Dawa

 Saturday, June 3, 2017,

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Tibetans have a unique language which is spoken all over Tibet, in some parts of Nepal, Bhutan and Ladakh. There are numerous dialects spoken all over Tibet with a common written script.

Though the origin of the spoken language is dated back to the beginning of the civilization on the Tibetan plateau, the written Tibetan script is claimed to have created by a scholar named Thoemi Sambota in the 7th century based of an indict script. Over time the script has evolved and now there are different calligraphic styles used for different purposes and occasions.

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1949, Tibetans were subjugated to cultural and lingual genocides under the name of liberation. With the cruel Chinese policies Tibetan language is made redundant and is gradually replaced by Chinese. Tibetan language and its script form the foundation of Tibetan culture and their religion.

This workshop will introduce you to the world of Tibetan language and its beautiful scripts. We’ll learn to write Tibetan alphabets and learn how these alphabets are used to form words. We’ll learn to write our names in different Tibetan scripts and know more about Tibet and its culture.

Bio - Tenzin Dawa


Tenzin Dawa is a Tibetan teacher from India. He has worked as a teacher and translator in Tibetan monasteries and Tibetan Children’s Village.


First Nations, Tibetan & Coop Le Milieu market


Isanielle Beads

Isanielle is a beadwork artist combining techniques she learned watching her family beading with a modern twist. Hats, coats, boots and proper jewelry all find a place in her collections highlighted by raised beadwork and colorful beads. At the crossroads of tradition, modern techniques, functionality and embellishment, she thrives to find the balance in herself as well as in her art.

Otiohkwa Beads, Philip Deering

From 1972 to 1982, Philip Deering was Co-Administrator of Indian Way School (35 students) in Kahnawake; the first native controlled high school north of the U.S./Canadian border. In the fall of 1978 he created key design plan features for the Kahnawake Survival School (250 students) including project-based education, a participatory student council, and a campus style approach. At the moment he is involved in the struggle to maintain a campus style approach at Survival School by developing a new teacher-training program designed to support project-based education and other participatory approaches. Philip is bead store owner, Otiohkwa Shenandoah Beads in Kahnawake.

Island Beaders

Offering a selection of hand crafted, beaded jewelery. Using designs from our ancestory, combining our unique and modern touch we offer earings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and much more. "Island Beaders" is a traveling boutique specializing in unique handcrafted, beaded jewelery. Offering beautiful necklaces, earings, and bracelets, they are known for other creations such as belts and fabulous wedding sets. "Island Beaders" creations are inspired from the various cultures that surround them, with each piece as unique as the individual who wears them.

Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec (TCAQ)

The Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec (TCAQ) was formed in 1974 under the guidance of Tibetan Government in Exile, India. The primary objective of the Association is to preserve our rich heritage and culture. And it also focuses on keeping our old religious and cultural traditions alive.

Jules-Hubert Beaulieu

Raised in the French Canadian tradition, I always felt a great bond with Nature and the Indigenous Peoples as a young child. In 2001, after finding out about my Mixed background I reconnected with some of the traditions, especially that which is linked to the relationship my Ancestors had with Nature, particularly with the Animal realm. In 2007, I started depicting the Animals in a circle that, with time, took the features of the Traditional Wheel of Medicine. This way to represent the Animals felt like the most sensitive one to adopt for many Peoples of this Land remind us we should be as respectful to Mother Earth as They are. They have so much to teach us about finding balance in Life… if only we all learned to listen to their teachings. Each Animal of the « Impressions 5 Serpents » Collection has 5 prints pertaining to each of the 4 aspects of Life, as well as to the global understanding. Their names designate the point of balance within each element and the ensemble.

Coop Le Milieu

Coop Le Milieu is a cooperatively run art studio and café located in Montréal's Centre-Sud neighborhood that invites everyone and anyone to create, facilitate, and/or admire art as an active participant in their community. We offer second-hand art supplies alongside locally-made arts and crafts created and curated by co-op volunteers and members.


Round Table

Round Table

Cultural Genocide: round table discussion with First Nations & Tibetan leaders

Sunday, June 4th

Coop Le Milieu, 1251 Robin

2:00 - 4:00 pm


Jimmy Ung, Moderator

Jimmy Ung has worked at the intersections of education, culture, politics, policy development and community engagement. He has held positions at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Parliament, as well as with international charity Free The Children. Passionate about learning from people, Jimmy has also ridden a motorcycle across the Americas, conducting photo interviews with 150 individuals in the 18 countries he visited, in order to highlight the cultural diversity of the continent.

Stephen Agluvak Puskas

Stephen Agluvak Puskas is a visual artist who has worked as a project manager for Nunalijjuaq, a SSHRC research project about Montreal Inuit at Concordia University, and producer for Montreal's Inuit radio show Nipivut. He volunteers as an Indigenous community representative for Montreal police and Dawson College. Interested in subjects regarding cultural identity and representation, Stephen speaks at schools and other public venues to raise cultural awareness about Inuit and indigenous people within the greater Montreal community.

Khando Langri

Khando Langri is an undergraduate at McGill University double majoring in Anthropology and Political Science and a research assistant at the Canada Tibet Committee. She has been a long and ardent supporter of Students for A Free Tibet and completed an internship at their flagship chapter in Dharamsala, India, in 2016. Her research interests are geared towards the effects of formal and informal political infrastructures on communities. More specifically, her academic interests include post-colonialism, nationalism, post-communism, ethnicity and identity, human rights, and Tibet-China matters.

Thubten Samdup

Born in Lhasa Tibet in 1949, Samdup arrived in India as a refugee in 1959. He joined the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in 1960 first as a student, later teacher, and eventually became its Director.  In 1973, Mr Samdup was the recipient of a John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund Scholarship, under which he studied ethno-musicology at Brown University in the United States. In 1980 Samdup moved to Canada where he served as President of the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec. In 1987 he co-founded the Canada Tibet Committee, a cross-Canada network of Tibet advocates, serving as National President for 17 years.  In 1990 Samdup was elected as the first member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile representing the Tibetans in North America. In 1999, Thubten proposed and oversaw the establishment of the International Tibet Network, a coalition of more than 100 Tibet groups from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.  In 2008, Samdup initiated the project which encouraged individuals to autonomously nominate candidates for election as Tibetan Prime Minister. In 2009, Samdup was appointed as Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet, London, a position he held until September 2014.

Samdup is the recipient of an “exceptional artist” award from Harvard University, and the 2005 Hero of Compassion Award, a project of the Grace Family Foundation. He is included among the "Committee of 100" for Tibet and has served on the Board of Directors of several Tibet-related organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Chantel Henderson

Chantel Henderson is an Ojibway woman, activist, educator, environmentalist, and mother of one. She's from the Pinaymootang First Nation and Sagkeeng First Nation. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Inner City Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She does workshops on anti-racism with an Indigenous perspective, cultural appropriation, MMIW, child welfare, and facilitates KAIROS blanket exercises.