Who We Are

Mission and Vision Statement

Our mission is to build bridges between Indigenous artists in Quebec and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. By creating opportunities for these artists to express themselves, Sacred Fire Productions believes in the revitalization and reappropriation of Indigenous arts and cultural practices, traditionally rooted in the communities. By indigenizing worldviews, we focus on bringing a positive and a better understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures. 

Sacred Fire Productions’ vision is to become a key organization for building bridges between Indigenous cultures and other nations of the word.

Mandate

Sacred Fire Productions is a not-for-profit indigenous arts organization founded in 2012. We promote Indigenous art and artists through the productions of cultural projects and events that raise public awareness, break stereotypes and foster cross-cultural dialogue for the inclusion and advancement of Indigenous artists in urban centers.

Through our mandate, we:

  • Bring Indigenous artists to mainstream audiences in Quebec throughout regional, national and international markets, which result in professional development and economic opportunities for the artists and also their communities.
  • Educate general audiences and create awareness about resilience and realities -past and present- of First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures through the production of multidisciplinary art events, facilitating the reconciliation process.
  • Build knowledge, skills and understanding across Indigenous communities in Quebec by holding workshops that focuses on professionalization and practices in the arts.
  • Share traditional knowledge of Indigenous cultures using oral history, protocols and artistic practices as the building blocks for inter-cultural exchange.
  • Manage the Ashukan Cultural Space, a unique cultural incubator created for the revitalization and reclamation of Indigenous cultures and practices located in the hub of Old Montreal.

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
nadine@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Cécile Bond
Director, Ashukan Cultural Space and Artwork Management
cecile@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Mélina Tsigounis
Special Events Director and Communications Officer
melina@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Christine Massé
Accountant

Louise Senécal CPA
Auditor

Board of Directors

Jean François Côté, Président

Title: Social and Economic Development Advisor

Mr. Jean-François Côté is Wendat from Wendake, a community close to the Québec city who has been engaged in the betterment and improvement of the lives of Indigenous people in Canada since 2011.

Since 2014, Mr. Côté is the Social and Economic Development Advisor of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ). He also manages the Community Capacity Support (CCS), a program of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy that provides operational support to Native Friendship Centres and urban Aboriginal organizations. He has a multidisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree with a specialization in Business Administration and Industrial Relations and is still be pursuing his studies in Ethnology and Heritage at Université Laval.

Marie-Céline Einish Charron, Vice-President

Marie-Céline is a member of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach. In 2003, she moved to the city of Winnipeg, where she worked at Rising Sun Productions and Wookey Films for several months, with the goal of experiencing living, and contributing to a large and visible Aboriginal Arts community. Marie-Céline is also a traditional dancer and teaches regalia making along with Hoop Dancing to youth; she is an advocate of cultural revitalization and actively participates in the cultural activities and Pow Wow trail. She is presently living and working Montréal as an associate to Indigenous Affaires at NATIONAL Public Relations.

Mathieu Boivin, Secretary

Title : PhD Art History student, research and education assistant at the Université de Montréal

As a PhD student in Art History, Mathieu Boivin has been involved for many years in getting to know Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world, as well as passing on this knowledge.

As a young researcher at the Université de Montréal, Mr. Boivin notes that a very large share of knowledge shared in the public sphere (academy, media or even “specialized” organizations) is still being produced and transmitted in such a way that feeds prejudices that makes it hard for First Peoples in their opportunity to disseminate their culture. In order to break stereotypes, Mr. Boivin has given himself the mandate to educate the public and to sensitize researchers to the realities of Indigenous people beyond the boundaries of textbook theory through a personal initiative, as a sideline of the ‘academy.

Dominique Normand, Administrator

Dominique 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 is an Aboriginal Entrepreneur of Mi’kmaq and Acadian heritage. She has over 25 years of business experience in management, community development and governance and has been an important leader in the development of Aboriginal economy through arts and culture in Quebec, Canada and abroad through cultural productions and innovative business models. Entrepreneur, speaker and workshop facilitator, she is the founder and Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions and has launched the ASHUKAN Cultural Space, a cultural incubator for active inclusion of Aboriginal arts and culture located in Old Montreal.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and pursued Graduate Studies in Art History, studying theories of representation and modernity. She is now completing Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations at the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal.

Pascale Valois, Administrator
Jean-Claude Gorin, Administrator
Trina Slapcoff, Administrator
Kéo Sinclair, Administrator

Partnerships and Supporters 2015-2016

Ashukan Cultural Space Partners

Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtone du Québec

Private Sector Partners

Canadien National
Hydro Québec

Public Sector Partners

PME MTL
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Conseil des arts du Canada
Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
Services Canada
Commission de développement des ressources humaines des Premières Nations du Québec
Ville de Montréal
Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Sponsors – Special Events

Senvion
LM WindPower
Bar à Beurre
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Arrondissement Ville-Marie

Sacred Fire Productions Sponsors

Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador
Regroupement des Femmes autochtones du Québec
La Boîte Rouge vif
Terres en vues
Wapikoni
DestiNations
Mundial Montreal

Main Media Support

Homes Publishing Group

Corporate Membres

Borden Ladner Gervais
Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association
innergex
Norda Stelo
Sentiers Privés
Senvion
TE Wealth

11 nations Friends – Individuals

– 40 members

Beneficiary Members – artists

– 46 members     Partners and sponsors 2014-2015

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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