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PRESS RELEASE – Annual Members Assembly 2023-2024

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17th Annual Members Assembly

Ouje-Bougoumou, Qc. February 5, 2024 – The Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association (CNACA) announces its 17th Annual Members Assembly to be held March 6-7, 2024. The annual members assembly will be held at the Sports Complex in Whapmagoostui, QC from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The two-day event will cover corporate matters, appointment of the Chairperson and Secretary, election of the Board of Directors, and financial statements among other items. Entertainment and artist demonstrations will be provided between breaks. Workshops will be presented on various topics including copyrights, funding sources, music resources, sponsorship program among other topics. Presentation on the Wachiya online store and its accomplishments over the last year will be discussed. The full schedule and program will be distributed before the event.

This year’s theme is “Innovation and Integrity: Nurturing Cree Artistry with IP Protection.”

This year has enabled the Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association to create the local arts committees in the Cree communities, develop tools to expand membership and streamline administrative procedures. This is reflected in this year’s theme, and the direction we are pursuing by increasing support for existing members, while encouraging Cree artists and artisans to join in expanding our reach in Eeyou Istchee and across the globe. We are excited to present our members and their artistic practices at the AMA and will continue to assist them in their artistic endeavours.

It is with honor, respect, and gratitude that we extend an invitation to all our members and look forward to engaging the CNACA community in forging new directions for our association.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of CNACA, we look forward to meeting you at the 17th Annual Members Assembly.

About Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association

To diversify and grow a sustainable arts, crafts and cultural economy in Eeyou Istchee involving partnership among Cree Artists, Artisans and Cree communities that will preserve, promote and enhance the heritage of the Eeyou Nation while both encouraging contemporary means of expression and maintaining Cree Culture, Values, traditions and skills.

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