In 2019, a wonderful project of cultural mediation mobilised young people from Le Tremplin School in Malartic. This initiative was born from a simple logic: we firmly believe that art and culture are powerful conveyors of pride and that they contribute to building bridges among peoples.
In the summer of 2019, Le Tremplin students spent a day at the Kinawit cultural site with Jerry Hunter, traditional dancer, and Richard Kistabish, president of Minwashin. Each of the 17 Indigenous students had invited a friend to the activity. They participated in workshops, thoughtfully guided in their exchanges and discussions by two facilitators. A day of sharing and an opportunity to promote the revitalisation of traditional culture among participants and to strengthen the social fabric.
The project continued in the fall with artist Frank Polson and the creation of a mural inspired by his Anicinabe culture. All of the students participated in the project where art served as a communication tool to foster dialogue and exchange of ideas. The artworks produced are simply magnificent, but the process leading to the collective creation is just as impressive.