Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 14, 2016 11:02 ET

First Nations' Cultural Traditions to Make Summer Waves

The Government of Canada is supporting the Montreal First Peoples' Festival 2016

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced a grant of $105,000 for the 26th edition of the First Peoples' Festival, which will take place in Montréal from August 3 to 10, 2016.

This sum, made available through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will enable the general public to appreciate the talent of Aboriginal artists in various disciplines ranging from traditional dancing to media arts.

Quick Facts

  • The Montréal First Peoples' Festival is the work of Land InSights. It's eight days of festivities that allow audiences to experience, discover and share the heritage of the First Nations.
  • The 2016 edition of the event offers various activities and music, song, dance and theatre performances as well as poetry readings and storytelling. In addition, there will be media and visual arts productions, including about fifty video screenings.
  • The First Peoples' Festival is the biggest of its kind in Québec. It attracts about 50,000 spectators and showcases the talent of some 150 aboriginal artists from Québec, Canada and abroad.


"Arts and culture define and unite us. Aboriginal peoples, by sharing their traditions and approaches to the future, are enriching our lives and expanding our horizons. I'm happy to support the Montréal First Peoples Festival because it helps build ties between communities across the country."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"In order to survive, any culture must be open to change, take the risk of borrowing, resonate in the present and look forward to the future. Living arts, no matter what course they take, are by definition current. The 2016 edition offers a trail of discovery with programming that features the rising stars of the Aboriginal artistic wave from Quebec and the Americas."

- Mr. André Dudemaine, Director of Cultural Activities, Land InSights

Associated Links

Festival Présence autochtone

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage