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

Roxanne Blanchard-Gagné
Executive Assistant
roxanne@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Mylène Guay
Development Communications Consultant
mylene@productionsfeuxsacres.ca 

Louise Senécal CPA
Auditor

Board of Directors

Ghislain Picard, President of BOD

Ghislain is of the Innu Nation from the community of Pessamit. He spent a decade working in tele-communications and was one of the founders of SOCAM, the first Attikamekw – Innu broadcaster. He has always been an advocate of culture and language and dedicated to addressing issues, social inclusion, economic development and bettering the life of the Indigenous people of Québec. He took on a full time political career since 1992 when he won the regional elections in Quebec and has been Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec- Labrador since (AFNQL). He also has honours and distinction from National and International level. On October 28, 2003, Mr. Picard received the National Order of Quebec and also received in 2005 the distinguished insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the Consul Général de France.

Charles Bender, Vice-President

Charles is an ambassador of Indigenous Arts and Culture and has been working as a prolific actor for over a decade. He received a Gemini nomination for his series for teens, “C’est Parti mon Tipi”, became a regular presence on Aboriginal People’s Television Network APTN ever since. He has performed on the new fictional series by Sioui-Bacon as well as in the series Mohawk Girls. As an Indigenous artist, he can relate to the challenges faced by emerging artists and plays an important role in leading youth towards their dreams and is connected within the circle of Indigenous arts organizations in Montreal. He is also the President of the BOD for Presence autochthone and is a regular actor with the Ondinnok Theatre. When he is not performing, he is lending his talent as an MC to the Pow Wow circuit and to radio and television documentary. Most recently, he has appeared as host on the 8th Fire, a shocking documentary series produced by CBC that delves into contemporary Indigenous issues.

Stéphane Guérard, Treasurer

Stéphane has over 30 years of solid experience in collective/social entrepreneurship. With a professional background in finance, accounting and marketing, he accompanies 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. He holds a graduate degree with a specialization in Project Management and a Masters in Management Science along with 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.

Dominique Normand, Secretary

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.

Marie-Céline Einish Charron, administrator

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.

Eruoma Awashish, administrator

Eruoma is an Ambassador of the Attikamekw culture and Indigenous revitalization. She completed an Interdisciplinary Arts degree from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She is born of a Québécois mother and Indigenous father which explains her work around the duality of identity, which allows her to explore the differences between these two nations and to create a dialogue through her creative works. Having lived in the community of Opitciwan, Wemotaci and Mashteuiatsh, she has a great sense of belonging to her Indigenous roots. Her work speaks of hybridization and metamorphosis. Suffering is a theme she often addresses because, according to her, it is a gateway to transformation. Her work is full of spirituality, symbols and syncretism. She likes to combine symbols juxtaposing First Nations culture with that of Catholic iconography. Through these symbols, her works speaks about contrast and miscegenation, duality and balance, suffering and serenity … Her work questions the hybridization phenomena in First Nations culture.

Xina Cowan, administrator

Xina hails from Montreal and is of Mohawk and Irish ancestry. She is a Digital Media Producer at Rezolution Pictures and producers the WIOT Cultural Magazine (Working it out together) which addressing Urban Aboriginal stories of resilience and celebration; she and is passionate about creating new and exciting opportunities for Indigenous story telling. Xina is a strong advocate for the development of Indigenous arts and its potential for dialogues, healing and cultural celebration.

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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