Proposed and hosted by Lachlan Madill, Urban Nations is a new program about Indigenous People who live or work in the Montreal area. The ten episode series will feature inspiring individuals from different Indigenous nations who are doing something unique to maintain their culture along with their identity. Each person in the series explains their upbringing and how their culture helped shape who they are today. The show unveils how it is to be Indigenous and living or working in the Montreal area while keeping strong roots in one’s home community and traditions. Urban Nations will show the rich Indigenous cultures which have played an important part of Montreal’s history and will continue to be an important part of the city’s future. While educating people the show also hopes to dispel stereotypes and get people interested in Indigenous history.
Lauren Jiles is a band member of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake just south of Montreal. As a burlesque dancer she is also known as Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière and performs throughout North America. She is also a Pow Wow dancer who makes her own regalia and burlesque costumes. Being half Mohawk and half black she has worked hard to define her own sense of identity and belonging. A single mother who comes from a line of strong Mohawk women, Lauren’s story embodies determination, empowerment and pride.
Lauren Jiles, aka Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière, Burlesque Dancer; Carolyn Marie Sky, Lauren Jiles’s Mother; Beverly Delormier, Lauren Jile’s Aunt; Donna Diabo, Organizing Committee
- Thursday, june 29, 2017 4:30 am
- Thursday, june 29, 2017 11:00 am
- Thursday, june 29, 2017 6:00 pm
- Friday, june 30, 2017 1:00 am
- Friday, june 30, 2017 2:00 pm
- Saturday, july 1, 2017 5:00 am
- Saturday, july 1, 2017 4:30 pm
- Sunday, july 2, 2017 10:00 am
- Sunday, july 2, 2017 7:00 pm
Nadine St. Louis is of Métis heritage, with incredible energy, and runs the Ashukan Cultural Space in Old Montreal. She is dedicated to Indigenous art and as an entrepreneur she works to help artists from across Quebec and the rest of the country gain access to market. The tragic death of a close friend led her to found Sacred Fire Productions which now promotes Indigenous art and culture. Through adversity and hard work Nadine shares her story of becoming an advocate for Indigenous artists and building bridges for them.
Nadine St-Louis, Founder and Executive Director, Sacred Fire Productions and Ashukan Cultural Space; Jean-Yves St-Louis, Nadine St-Louis’s father; JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business; Sarah Cleary, Artist; Frédérick Gagnon, Nadine St-Louis’s son
- Tuesday, july 4, 2017 10:00 am
- Tuesday, july 4, 2017 7:00 pm