Many programs exist that Cree artists can apply for, namely from CALQ, SODEC, Canada Council for the Arts, and the CRA. However, most artists are not aware of these programs. CNACA would act as a one-stop-shop for artists seeking funding; the CNACA Program Officer would be able to determine which grants an artist is eligible for, and would offer his help in filling out application documents.
We provide sponsorship to members of CNACA. The Applicant shall be a beneficiary member of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and shall produce to this end a picture of his Beneficiary Identification Card with his sponsorship request.
CNACA has successfully conducted a variety of popular training sessions in the past years: moosehide training, sewing and tamarack decoy building. To keep traditional skills alive, it is important that CNACA continues offering such training on traditional skills in the various communities, at least once a year. Also, knowing that the quality and accessibility of arts education in the schools of Eeyou Itschee varies and whereas the Cree’s young generation lacks opportunities to connect with their Cree identity and culture.
Our studies highlights the need for artists to break their isolation and meet each other more often to network and discuss on their artistic practice and to showcase and sell their work. Indeed, opportunities to market and diffuse their work are lacking, and CNACA wants to fill in that gap by organizing yearly gatherings for artists to promote their work and meet each other. The gathering would take place in the shape of a traveling Cultural Festival, including a trade show, in which Cree artists would be valorized and recognized through an Awards Ceremony.
Also CNACA will organize an annual trip to a professional national/international tradeshow. CNACA will select 1-3 different Cree authentic art each year to focus on and market in the tradeshow industry. Past trade shows include: Salon des metiers d’arts (Montreal), Canadian Aboriginal Festival (Toronto), Home and Cottage Show (Montreal).