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Quebec Cree launch knowledge festival to explain culture, history to non-Indigenous world – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 2023233 Views

Mar 24, 2023

‘We want to share our culture. Who we are as Cree people’

Cree from northern Quebec are launching a yearly festival to gather and share with the world their culture, history, and teachings — and to help Cree youth reconnect with their roots.

The Cree Knowledge Festival is a virtual event happening in English and French on March 25 and 26. This year, it will take place in Chisasibi and will be shared online, but organizers say they want it to become an in-person, annual event.

“We want people to learn about us, we want to share our culture. Who we are as Cree people … and eventually [have people] come and visit us up in the North,” said Gaston Cooper, the executive director for the Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association (CNACA).

CNACA is one of the groups organizing the festival, along with the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) and the Cree Trappers Association (CTA) and others.

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