Telling our Stories


August 23 and 24 2023

Oral Tradition Gathering

The community of Kitcisakik was the proud host of this fourth edition of Miaja. Cultural agents and bearers, professional and emerging artists and artisans from all the communities and Anicinabek friendship centers were on hand to honour the oral tradition through a series of artistic performances, workshops and conferences presented during the large-scale cultural gathering on August 23 and 24, 2023.

As the moons and seasons, as all the canoe expeditions and portages experienced on the territory roll by, and through the generations, orality will have always been the link that binds us all. A dynamic link that is imprinted in our memories. The stories of the territory, the animals, the plants, the trees and the natural elements have been and will always be subjects that deeply affect the Anicinabek. Despite the hardships experienced by our Nation and its drastic change in lifestyle, stories, rituals and ceremonies have survived, but we must now ensure that they are protected and passed on.

Our stories must continue endure over time, for our future generations. This is why your presence at MIAJA is important to us. The portage will be full of challenges and obstacles, but we must always keep going and be on the move. The more paddlers there are, the less difficult the journey will be. And there were several rowers at the gathering, who rode a stretch of the route together. We rekindled the flame of language and culture together, and honored the memory of our ancestors by restoring the sacred power of words, images and sounds.

Meegwetc to all the participants who made this gathering so nourishing.

Miaja is …

A nomad gathering place: True to our nomadic traditions, our gathering place changes from year to year within our ancestral territory.

A gathering for the Nation and its allies: The whole Anicinabe Nation is welcome. First Peoples leaders and key figures from Quebec and Canada are also invited to share their experiences and to discuss various identity issues.

A creative incubator:
In addition to conferences and workshops led by our guests, Miaja also presents shows, arts and crafts exhibits and much more! Each of our communities is represented.


Creating links between artists and bearers of culture from the communities in the territory
Ensuring the preservation and transmission of Anicinabe heritage
Enriching the development of Anicinabe arts and culture through dialogue and collective actions
Promoting and restoring traditional culture, and helping Anicinabe artists define themselves as contemporary artists and the heirs of a centuries-old tradition
Providing Anicinabe artists with networking tools, and contributing to the enhancement of their professionalism through an art dissemination experience
Contributing to the collective healing of our nation by creating a positive, warm and engaging public event

Photo Credits: Mrie-Raphaëlle LeBlond, France Lemire and Janis Rivard


Autobus Maheux

BMR – Val-d’Or


Forage Garant

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Hôtel Le Forestel

Kwe Production

Location Blais

Nishnabe Projecson

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Musique nomade

Nadagam Films

Production VIA le Monde

Service de traiteur communautaire de Kitcisakik

Meubles Marchand

Musée de la civilisation du Québec

Wapikoni Mobile

Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Centre d’entraide et d’amitié de Senneterre

Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant

Festival de musique émergente

Le Noranda, hôtel et spa