Montréal, January 25, 2021 – This season, the new arts and culture program Esprit nomade takes viewers on a journey into Indigenous culture. The MAtv original production, produced in collaboration with LAND InSIGHTS and its cofounder André Dudemaine, tells the stories of seven Indigenous personalities.
MAtv and LAND InSIGHTS have developed an original concept based on intercultural awareness and diversity. “MAtv is, first and foremost, a platform for citizen expression that celebrates differences,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director of MAtv. “A show like Esprit nomade brings communities together and reminds us that, preconceived ideas notwithstanding, we are all connected and have something to gain from getting to know each other.”
“Reaching out and learning more about the other is the first step in the process of personal and social change,” says André Dudemaine, Director of Cultural Activities at LAND InSIGHTS. “This program produced by MAtv will profile inspirational personalities ranging from Shauit and Joséphine Bacon to Jonathan Lainey and Caroline Monnet and show how individual careers can impact an entire community. From the Jardin des Premières Nations, Esprit nomade takes the pulse of a vibrant society that is renewing itself and enriching itself by embracing its differences.”
Meetings with inspirational personalities
With social contacts limited by the pandemic, Esprit nomade invites viewers to up-close-and-personal encounters through the medium of television.
Watch artists and contributors from Diversité Artistique Montréal interview fascinating personalities from across Québec:
- Joséphine Bacon, Innu poet, lyricist and filmmaker
- Shauit, singer-songwriter who sings in Innu, Creole, French and English
- Jonathan Lainey from the Huron-Wendat nation, curator at the McCord Museum
- Maya Cousineau-Mollen, Innu poet
- Marie-Ève L. Bordeleau from the Cree nation, commissioner of Indigenous relations at the City of Montréal’s bureau of government and municipal relations
- Hannah Claus, British-Mohawk visual artist
- Caroline Monnet, Anicinape multidisciplinary artist .
The theme music for the series was recorded by the Inuit artist Geronimo Inutiq.
Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Montréal area; Mondays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. across the province.
About LAND InSIGHTS
LAND InSIGHTS’ mission is to create connections between the artistic and cultural renaissance of the First Peoples and the cultural dynamism of Montréal, and to promote sustainable development on the basis of friendship between peoples, an understanding of diversity of expression as a source of collective richness, and recognition of the specificity of First Nations communities.