Inland baby rattle and moccasin making- March 20-22, 2019

Create an opportunity for the passing of knowledge and tradition in cree, With traditional teachers Alice Shecapio-Blacksmith and teacher Judy Shecapio-Blacksmith, Ouje’s elder Charlie Bosum was the teacher for the baby rattle workshop- he provided materials needed for the rokshop, such as crooked knives for all participants. He also took the time to prepare the hides for use and hung the rattle frames at his camp for fast-drying so we could complete the project in three days. Throughout the three day workshop, we had guest speakers talk about the reinforce the importance of maintaining culture and tradition in constructing a strong family unit and to also promote the arts and crafts industry as a viable source of income. We had guest speaker Wayne Rabbitskin present on the effects of inter-generational trauma through his own personal story. He discussed the important role fathers play in the lives of their children and about the concept of ‘forgiveness’.  Wednesday, we invited Cree Nation Government Cree Language Coordinator, Dorothy Stewart.  She spoke about the importance of maintaining the Cree language in the home, how it is the parents’ responsibility to maintain this important aspect of culture.  We also had a discussion for the moms on the use of the ‘moss bag’ and how it provides security for babies.  Thursday, we welcomed Mistissini storyteller Thomas Coon.  He entertained the group with amusing stories that had deep messages about the commitment to such family values as protection, sharing and humility. 

Roc your mocs- November 20-22, 2018

The project took place over four days at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute; Tuesday November 20 – Thursday, November 22, 4-8 pm and Friday 1-5pm.  Project was a collaborative effort between Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and local Department of Justice and Correctional Services.  Goal for project was to teach the importance of passing a traditional skills, promotion of arts and crafts and promotional of family and teachers working together with you to learn and teach each other to build strong relationships. Project was successful with the participants.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show- December 2018

Event took place Thursday November 29, 2018 from 2pm-8pm at the Ouje-Bougoumou Council chambers. Event was in collaboration with Justine Mianscum (Benefits Counellor). Two workshops were given by Ouje-Bougoumou CNACA representative Harold Bosum & Nellie Gray

In the hour and a half demonstration, Harold showed participants how to make tamarack goose decoys.  Nellie made small beaded ornaments on moose hide.  For her workshop, we provide a very small piece of hide, some beads, thread and needles.  She had 6 participants at her hour and a half workshop.. We also had Kizis Miktchell provide his service to cut hair throughout the event.  

12th Annual General Assembly in Nemaska

CNACA will be holding the 12th Annual General Assembly starting Oct 24 – 25, 2018 at the Nemaska Sports Complex in Nemaska. If you are interested in being a delegate for your community or if you’re an artist that would like to present your artwork,  crafts and musical works at the assembly, please contact your local Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association representative.

 

 

The Cree Native Arts and Crafts association announces 3rd Eeyou Istchee achievement awards ceremony to recognize Cree artists and artisans in Eeyou Istchee.

Ouje-Bougoumou, Qc; September 25, 2018 – The Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association is proud to announce its’ 3rd Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards.  The event will take place at the Nemaska Sports Complex in the Cree community of Nemaska on October 24, 2018 commencing at 6 o’clock in the evening.

The CNACA Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards is a way to present, promote, and bring recognition to our Cree artists and artisans for their outstanding contribution and exemplary dedication to the arts in Eeyou Istchee.

This year’s ceremony will highlight five awards to individuals for their hard work and dedication in keeping our traditions alive and thriving.

What:    3rd Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards (hosted by Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association)

When:    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M (EDT)

Where:   Sports Complex, 25 Rd Lake Shore, Nemaska, QC

This event is held in conjunction with the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association’s Annual General Assembly, October 24 & 25, 2018.   This year’s theme for the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association is: “Chiiyaanuu: Focus on Eeyou Arts and Crafts.” For the past few years, the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association has made progress in the attempt to provide the services and programs required by the artistic communities of Eeyou Istchee. This years’ theme is to promote additional support for our artists and artisans while encouraging the Cree leadership and communities to create partnership to increase the production of works of art done by our people.  Our goal is to give the opportunity to our artists and artisans to flourish and continue to create the beautiful works of art in Eeyou Istchee. As leaders, we can make a difference in the lives of artists and artisans.

Awards to be presented:

BUCKLEY PETAWABANO AWARD

Originally from Mistissini, Buckley Petawabano is seen as an icon of Cree influence in the media. This award is given to a person who is driven and pushed themselves to excellence in order to make a substantial contribution in the area of journalism, film, radio, television, video, storytelling, writer, theater and/or acting

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award honors an individual who has achieved a high level of success over his or her lifetime. The individual’s contribution may be in any one of the various art forms; music, literature, visual arts, crafts or media.

RISING STAR AWARD:

There are many artists in Eeyou Istchee who are committed to bringing their art to a professional level. This award acknowledges these individuals hard work and dedication and shines a light on those who are forging their way to become a full-time artist.

SELF INNOVATOR AWARD

This award not only celebrates artists who have taken a traditional art form and re-created it to make it their own, but who have also taken the initiative to promote their art either locally and/or regionally. These artists may have discovered a way to use traditional music in a new way, use unique materials to exhibit their creativity or development a new spin on exercising media or literature.

BEST FIDDLER AWARD

Every great fiddler group needs a great fiddler. For all the new dancing groups, fresh fiddlers have been working their way towards the stage. The best fiddler award will be bestowed upon an individual who has become “the fiddler to call”, when a dance is to be held.

For more information:

Roxanne Mianscum
Communication & Marketing Officer
(418) 745-2444 x 3693
roxanne.mianscum@cnaca.ca

Orchestre Symponique de Montreal presents “Chaakapesh”

Orchestre Symponique de Montreal presents “Chaakapesh” Maestro, Kent Nagano and special guest performance by cellist Kelly Cooper. September 17, 2018 in Ouje-Bougoumou.

Traditional Christmas tree ornaments workshop with Christmas sale. 

In collaboration with CNG & ACCI, CNACA presents workshop with Christmas sale.

Workshop of traditional ornaments (Mini mittens, mini tipis, mini grease spoons, etc) *Limited to 30 people.

Tables available for artists to sell artwork for Christmas. Please note, limited spots available. We encourage you to keep in mind, no copyright material accepted for sell. (hockey logos, etc etc)

Please contact Special Projects & Events Coordinator Sarah Dow-Imrie to reserve a spot for both workshop and Christmas sale.

When reserving a spot for Christmas sale, please notify Sarah on what products you will be displaying. *Crucially important*

Deadline for reservations: December 8,2017

Sarah.dowimrie@cnaca.ca

418-745-2444 x.3222

Tamarack Bird Making Course

January 6, 2016 – We the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association (CNACA) will be hosting a Regional Tamarack Bird Making Course to be held in Ouje-­bougoumou, QC. The training is scheduled to begin on March 7, 2016 and completed on March 18, 2016 for a total of ten (10) working days. It will start at 9:00AM each day and end at 5:00PM, a total of seven (7) hours per day. Lunch will be provided daily.

Fifteen (15) Cree participants from Eeyou Istchee will be selected to participate in this unique opportunity to learn the art of making a Tamarack Bird. Space is limited and youth will be given a priority! Applications are available or submit a letter/resume to apply to the email provided below. Deadline is on February 26, 2016 at 5:00PM.

The objective of the training is to pass knowledge from one generation to another, to share know-how, to increase quality and productivity, to raise the interest of youngsters in arts and crafts and to perpetuate Cree culture, traditions and values. Training is aimed at newcomers as well as experienced artists and artisans and is offered by masters in their respective discipline. The Elder & Youth Project: Honouring our elders – Regional Tamarack Bird Making is made possible with the help and financial support from our partners: Niskamoon and Cree Nation Youth Council (FRIJ).

For more information please contact:   Darryl S. Hester, Special Projects/Events Coordinator
Telephone:1-888-745-2444 Ext. 3222  Email: d_hester@cnaca.ca

To request for an application, please visit or contact Aanischaaukamikw (Cree Cultural Institute) front desk at 1-418-745­2444.

Traditional Survival Tools Making Course

traditional-tools-newsOctober 19, 2015 – We the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association (CNACA) will be hosting a Regional Traditional Survival Tools Making Course to be held at the Aanischaaukamikw (Cree Cultural Institute).  The training has been postponed to November 9, 2015 and completed on November 20, 2015 with a total duration of ten (10) working days.  It will start at 9:00AM each day and end at 5:00PM with a total of seven (7) hours per day.

Fifteen (15) Cree participants from Eeyou Istchee will be selected to participate in this unique opportunity to learn the Cree traditional way of making Survival Tools.   Space is limited and youth will be given a priority!  Applications are available or submit a letter/resume to apply to the email provided below.  Deadline is on November 2, 2015 at 1:00PM.

The objective of the training is to pass knowledge from one generation to another, to share know-how, to increase quality and productivity, to raise the interest of youngsters in arts and crafts and to perpetuate Cree culture, traditions and values.   Training is aimed at newcomers as well as experienced artists and artisans and is offered by masters in their respective discipline.

The Elder & Youth Project:  Honouring our elders – Regional Traditional Survival Tools Making is made possible with the help and financial support from our partners: Niskamoon and Cree Nation Youth Council (FRIJ).

For more information please contact;  Darryl S. Hester, Special Projects/Events Coordinator
Office:1-418-745-2444 (ext. 3222)
Cell:  1-418-770-4967
Email: d_hester@cnaca.ca

To request for an application, please visit or contact Aanischaaukamikw (Cree Cultural Institute) front desk at
1-418-745-2444.

10th Annual General Assembly

cnaca-logo-for-newsOctober 7, 2015 – The Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association (CNACA) announces its 10th Annual General Assembly to be held on November 24, 25, 2015 at the Kanio Kashee Lodge Conference Room in Waskaganish, QC.

It is with honour, respect and gratitude that we extend an invitation to all members of the association as well as the general public to join us as we present the activities of CNACA.
Our theme: Eeyou-Eenou Arts & Crafts Industry: New Beginnings, New Partnerships

If you are interested in participating, please contact your local CNACA representative.

Ouje-Bougoumou Gaston Cooper
(514)220-6813
Mistissini Peter Shecpaio (418) 999-2293
Waswanipi Diane J. Cooper (819) 753-2111
Nemaska Deborah Wapachee (819) 865-7656
Waskaganish Jimmy Tim Whiskeychan (819) 895-8163
Eastmain Kenneth Gilpin (819) 856-3174
Wemindji Edward Georgekish (819) 978-7718
Chisasibi Roger House (819) 855-2473
Whapmaagoostui Natazia Mukash (819) 929-3088
Washaw Sibi Gloria Polson (819) 442-1932

On behalf of the members and Board of Directors of CNACA, we look forward in meeting you at the Annual General Assembly.

For more information please contact:   Darryl S. Hester, Special Projects/Events Coordinator
Telephone:1-888-745-2444 Ext. 3222  Email: d_hester@cnaca.ca