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Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a museum, archive, library and a teaching centre.

ACCI flows from the knowledge that Cree culture must be captured, maintained, shared, celebrated, and practiced or it will wither and die. Cree Elders have spoken of the need for a central place for the protection of the way, and have developed a vision for Aanischaaukamikw over several decades.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mind’s Eye Theatrical Production Tours Eeyou Istchee

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) is pleased to announce that the Mind’s Eye theatrical production was a success in Eeyou Istchee.  The communities embraced the show with open arms.

The theatrical production, Mind’s Eye, was directed by Shirley Cheechoo, An accomplished playwright, actor, visual artist, writer and director, Dr. Shirley Cheechoo is also a member of the James Bay Cree of Quebec.

The play was based on the book with the same name, Mind’s Eye, written by Emily Masty and Susan Marshall.  Historical, mystical and poignant, Minds Eye is a play that chronicles the powerful stories of survival, courage, honor and community, Mind’s Eye breathes life into our great mysteries and truths about The Lady Spirit of the Caribou and other animal spirits who reveal themselves through the characters suffering abundance and that each is guided by our choices. Narrated by a Cree Elder, Minds Eye magically follows the arch of hunter’s and their families through spirit encounters, shaking tent and haunting dreams as they face life, death and redemption until the final warning that soon, they will encounter visitors that will alter their lives forever.

Each community had two performances, first performance for the general public and the second performance for the students. The tour started with the premier in Whapmagoostui and continued along the coastal and inlands communities.  People of all ages attended the show with great anticipation to witness history in the making of the first Cree theatrical production.    

We see this production as a way to ensure that the treasured stories of our Elders, and the knowledge that they have to share, continues to be passed on from generation to generation. Aanischaaukamikw holds this as one of our most sacred obligations as we strive to work in new and innovative ways. We are grateful to the Elders of Whapmagoostui and to Emily Masty and Susan Marshall for the work they have done in order to record these stories. Mind’s Eye is an enormous achievement in maintaining our culture’s rich traditions, and we hope that this theatrical production will showcase the contribution that the book has made.

ACCI would like to thank the cast and crew of the Mind’s Eye along with all the people involved in the production.  The sponsors, whom this would not be possible without their generous contributions and de

ACCI is extremely excited about this project and opportunity it has provided to collaborate with the Cree Nation of Whapmagoostui in order to celebrate the stories of our ancestors.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dedication of New Art Works at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Council Board of the Cree Nation Government had a traditional lunch at Aanischaaukamikw and witnessed the dedication of 3 recently installed works of art.

Mural done by Virginia Bordeleau

These works, a very large painting by Virginia Bordeleau and a large painting and stained glass window designed by Tim Whiskeychan were commissioned through the 1% for art programme of the Government of Quebec. Diannne Ottereyes Reid, Kenny Mianscum, Stephen Rotman, Maurice Achard and Stephen Inglis formed the committee that made the selection of artists.

Willie Iserhoff speaking to the Chiefs

The chiefs and leaders heard short speeches by Executive Director, Stephen Inglis, Director of Programmes, Sarah Pash, Executive member and Director of Culture and Language, Willie Iserhoff and Grand Chief, Matthew Coon Come. The event was MC'd by Gaston Cooper.
Tim explaining his artwork

Tim Whiskeychan

Stephen Inglis, Willie Isherhoff, Tim Whiskeychan,
Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come and Emma Jane (Tim's Daughter)

The highlight was an explanation of his large painting, now hung behind the reception desk, by Tim Whiskeychan.

The staff of ACCI are delighted that visitors will be welcomed and their visit enriched by these outstanding works of art.

On your next visit to Aanischaaukamikw, we welcome you to see first hand these beautiful artworks by Tim Whiskeychan and Virginia Bordeleau.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CPR Training

From February 24 until February 27 ACCI and CNG staff will learn about CPR and First Aid procedures. The training given by Bruno Blacksmith will teach the staff on how to proceed in case of emergencies ensuring our staff is well prepared to act in many emergency scenarios. Staff that had already taken the course is having the chance to revisit the content and update their knowledge to the newest procedures approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

So far we had a great time during the training; our instructor understands the needs of our group and answered all our questions. Look at us practicing with our dummies! 

We also learned that we need to remain calm under stressful situations as that will help us to help others! So DO NOT PANIC, you can do it! 

Thank you Jen for organizing the training, and staff for participating. Good luck to the next group!

Written by Marina Piza, Coordinator of Collections and Exhibits.