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.

Our mandate

Our primary mandate is to implement strategies to contribute to the emergence and vitality of an Indigenous cultural ecosystem that addresses the socio-economic challenges and barriers faced by Aboriginal artists and youth. Our initiatives also serve as a springboard for cultural education and nation-to-nation reconciliation. Finally, we initiate change through three actions that contribute to the inclusion, revitalization and outreach of Indigenous artists:

Supporting capacity building through the support and training of Indigenous artists and artisans; Building “bridges” between Aboriginal artists and other actors in the cultural sector;

The production of cultural events for artists and the general public in order to foster better mutual understanding and intercultural exchanges, as well as the production of activities that promote leadership development among Indigenous youth in order to encourage intergenerational cultural transmission;

  1. Supporting capacity building through the support and training of Indigenous artists and artisans;
  2. Building “bridges” between Indigenous artists and other actors in the cultural sector;
  3. The production of cultural events for artists and the general public in order to foster better mutual understanding and intercultural exchanges, as well as the production of activities that promote leadership development among Indigenous youth in order to encourage intergenerational cultural transmission;

Our values

The fundamental values of our organization are drawn from the values of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 production's team

Nadine St-Louis, VP Operetions
nadine@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Cécile Bond, Director of Administration
cecile@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Gail Chamberlain, Artist Delegate
gail@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Sophie Lacombe, Philanthropy Consultant
sophie@productionsfeuxsacres.ca

Christine Massé
Accountant

Louise Senécal CPA
Auditor

Board of directors

KevinDeer – Co-president

Gail Chamberlain – Co-president

Marlene Hale  – Vice-president

Marissa Barkhouse – Treasurer

Hélène Binette – Secretary

Partnerships and supporters

PARTNERSHIPS

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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