Who We Are

Our Mission and Vision

Sacred Fire Productions is a non-for-profit Aboriginal Arts Organization. Our mission is to generate exposure for Aboriginal artists through providing opportunities for increased market exposure and the hosting of artistic and cultural events that support the professional, economic, personal and social development of artists. Our vision is to become an organization of reference, distribution, cultural exchange and professional and economic development for Aboriginal artists.

Our Mandate

The mandate of Sacred Fire Productions is to:

  • Raise awareness in Quebec, Canada and internationally about the richness of Aboriginal artists work art today.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding amongst artists from different communities to enhance their capacity to integrate the art market through artistic workshops as well as workshops on career development the art market.
  • Transmit traditional Aboriginal cultural knowledge through contemporary mediums using oral histories as well as artistic practices as primary vehicles of cultural exchange.
  • Contribute to the economic well being of Aboriginal artists by connecting them to a platform giving them access to a wide audience and market.
  • Expand the national and international reach of Aboriginal art through the 11 Nations Cultural Centre and a web e-commerce site to sell artworks, limited editions, reproductions and other cultural products.
  • Produce or participate in events such as tours and exhibitions or other initiatives to promote Aboriginal Art and Culture.

Our Values

The fundamental values of our organization are drawn from the values of Aboriginal communities.

  • Respect for future generations
  • Transparency and equality
  • A tangible impact on the development of artists and their communities
  • Forge new links between the different Aboriginal nations that have contributed to Quebec’s contemporary development
  • An approach to goal-setting that emphasizes partnership, sharing and community development
  • A vision that is inclusive of all artists and artisans

Sacred Fire Productions’ Team

Nadine St-Louis
Executive Director

Cécile Bond
Coordinator, Artists and Artworks

Mèlina Tsigounis
Executive Assistant

Sylvaine Rochon
Development Officer

Pierre Thibault CPA
Auditor

Board of Directors

Marie-Ève Bordeleau, President

Ms. Marie-Eve L. Bordeleau is of Cree origin and a member of the Waswanipi Aboriginal community. She holds a bachelor’s in law from Laval University and was called to the Quebec bar in 2007. In 2005, she worked as pro bono legal counsel for the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity in Fiji, a non-profit organization that works with Aboriginal communities.

From 2006 to 2011, she practiced law with the firm Morin and Murdoch Lawyers, mainly in the field of aboriginal law. She also acted as judicial council and corporate secretary to several organizations within the Cree Nation such as the Eeyou Eenou Police Commission, the Association of Cree Artists and Artisans, the Association of Cree and Wemindji Trappers and the Association of Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee, among others. Since March 2011, Ms. Marie-Eve L. Bordeleau has been in charge of the public justice and safety file for Aboriginal women in Quebec. In 2012, Ms. Bordeleau participated in a training session hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights for Aboriginal people.

As part of this program, she participated in training workshops with a plethora of U.N. agencies including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), amongst others.

Linda Connolly Girard, Treasurer

A member of the Mashteuiatsh Inuit Nation, Linda Connolly Girard has worked tirelessly for over 25 years with Aboriginal and governmental agencies to improve the lives of Aboriginal people both on and off the reservation.

Combining her studies in psychology and architecture with her practical work experience, Ms. Girard has held various management positions in the cultural, health, social services and economic development sectors. Notably, her work within the federal government has contributed to the development of programs aimed at providing services to Aboriginal people. After having gained work experience in a governmental setting, Mrs. Girard returned to her roots working in community organizations. Today, she collaborates with several different organizations that work to advance and develop the socio-economic potential of Aboriginal people in Quebec.

Dominique Normand, Secretary

Dominique Normand is a contemporary figurative painter of Maliseet origin. She has a degree in graphic art and photography and she worked for many years as a graphic artist, and in the television and film industries.

Her artworks celebrate every aspects of the Aboriginal culture. Since 2001, she has created more than 450 paintings, made five short films and documentaries, including her third one in Cri land in 2014. She has also taught over 55 artistic workshops.

Dominique Normand has participated in more than 25 solo and group exhibitions throughout Quebec, Montreal, New York and Los Angeles.

Nadine St-Louis, administrator and founder of Sacred Fire Productions

Nadine St-Louis is a metis entrepreneur with Algonquin roots and family origins stemming from Acadian and Scottish heritage. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and pursued Graduate Studies in Art History, studying theories of representation and modernity. Since 2013, she has joined the Aboriginal Curators Collective (ACC-CCA) as a Board Member. She is now completing Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations at the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal.

After 15 years of work dedicated to the integration of the multiple cultural roots that have shaped the artistic landscape of Quebec and Canada, she presented from December 2011 to 2012 a one-year exhibition presenting Aboriginal artists of the eleven nations of Quebec in Old Montreal where more than 30 000 visitors discovered the works and talent of today’s Aboriginal Artists from Quebec.

She founded of Sacred Fire Productions in 2012 as a non-for-profit Aboriginal Arts Organization as a way to create an infrastructure for artists who needed to build a network, one that allowed them to stay in their community and to build economic development through the arts. Since then, her work and projects have brought light to today’s Aboriginal artists talent through various initiatives to create opportunities for increased market exposure and through artistic and cultural events that support the professional, economic, personal and social development of artists, while fostering intercultural exchange and dialogue.

Stéphane Guérard, Administrator

Stéphane Guérard has a solid expertise in collective entrepreneurship. With a professional background in finance, accounting and marketing, he accompanied, for more than 30 years, project leaders and other entrepreneurs in the community and social economy sectors. He created several businesses and believes in the ability of individuals to take action to achieve their goals.

Stéphane Guérard holds a graduate degree with a specialization in Project Management and a Masters in Management Science. He also completed his doctoral studies in the same specialty.

He is a committed volunteer with several organizations. He is president of the Coopérative des 4 Pôles, Vice-President of Express BNI, a business networking group and a Board member of the Coopérative d’éducation financières L’Actif, in Montréal.

Partnerships and Supporters 2014-2015

 

Aboriginal Partners & Suporters

ASHUKAN Cultural Space

– Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtone du Québec

Supporters to the Social Economy Project “Capacity Development for Aboriginal Art”

– Regroupement des Femmes autochtones du québec
– La boîte rouge vif
– Terres en vues
– Wapikoni

 

 

Sponsors – Special Events

Launch of the Royal Canada Mint $5 Collector Fine Silver Coin illustrated by Tim Whiskeychan

– Grand Council of the Crees
– Waskaganish Corporation
– Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association
– Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Co. (Creeco)

 

Public Sector Partners

– CDEC – Corporation de Développement Économique Communautaire CDN-NDG
– Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
– Canada Council for the Arts
– Emploi Québec
– Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
– Service Canada
– SODEC – Société de développement des entreprises culturelles

 

Corporate Partners – Art Community Development

– Auberge Handfield
– Auberge Harris
– CN

 

Main Media Support

– Homes Publishing

 

Corporte Members

– Innergex – Member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
– Homes Publishing
– Roche – Member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

 

 11 nations Friends – Individuals

– 40 members

 

Beneficiary Members – artists

– 23 members

Background and achievements

The 11 Nations Exhibition : An achievement confirming the potential and interest for Aboriginal Art

From December 2012 to December 31st, 2013, Sacred Fire Productions presented the 11 Nations Exhibition in Montreal, at Marché Bonsecours, to raise awareness on today’s Aboriginal Art and artists. After the exhibition, Sacred Fire Productions created the 11 Nations Cultural Space to ensure that the artworks of the 22 Aboriginal artists who participated in the event would remain accessible to the public for one more year.

The Exhibition and the 11 Nations Cultural Space made more than 30 000 people aware of the talent of the First Nations’ artists living in Québec today. The success of this experience highlighted both the potential and importance of building a bridge to Montreal between communities across the vast territories and isolated artists in the urban centers. Access to the works raised public awareness, broke stereotypes and fostered cross-cultural dialogue.

 

The Mix Art Festival : An annual event to gather both Aboriginal and non aboriginal artists

In June of 2013, Sacred Fire Productions launched their first edition of what has now become an annual gathering of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal artists. The three day event, celebrates both Art and the National Aboriginal Day starting each year on June 21st and where the public has a rare opportunity to meet more than 30 painters, sculptors, musicians and craftsmen performing live while having a chance to ask them question about their techniques and vision. The Mixed Art Festival will present its third edition in 2015.

 

“Capacity Development of Aboriginal Art through social economy”, a unique project to sustain the development of a new Aboriginal Cultural Economy, in Montreal

The Sacred Fire Productions developed in 2012, an innovative project, moving beyond the limits of a temporary exhibit. The “Capacity Development of Aboriginal Art through Social Economy” Project has an ambitious yet essential objective: opening doors for a long term presence of the First Nations artists in one of the major art and tourism market in Canada.

To be a success, that initiative had to address two major areas where the artists are facing challenges in the city: their social and economic integration and development.

To build the conditions to succeed, Sacred Fire Productions decided to open, in the heart of Montreal, the hub of the art market, a Cultural Space where artists will find the tools to build and share their vision in a cultural environment where they will be able to build, from their own roots and develop their personal, artistic, social and economic skills to build a new Aboriginal Cultural Entrepreneurship model that integrates fair trade principles and their community values and symbolic expression.

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