MAY 2018
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At Exeko, there are some great human beings operating behind the scenes. It is the case for the Ad Hoc Indigenous Committee, formed in 2015 when the “Trickster: Language Stories” program was born. This advisory committee keeps a kind and watchful eye on this program. It ensures everything we do respects the values and practices already in place in the Nations visited. This support, this anchor point is for me an incredible source of wealth for my work as a project manager. Several people have shared their knowledge and wisdom over the past 2 years. Thank you to Widia Larivière (Mikana), Al Harrington (Wolfpack Street Patrol) and Moe Clark (multidisciplinary artist) for bringing the projects further. Tiawenhk Yann Allard-Tremblay, for your continued presence but mostly for your kindness and talent when sharing your knowledge smoothly. Mikwetc Joël Basile, for your infectious good mood, your willingness to direct activities for the well-being of youth and your constant support to all activities at Exeko. Tshimistanakumitin Jani Bellefleur Kaltush, for your authenticity and critical thinking but mostly for your friendship. Your addition to this committee brings a fresh new perspective.”

-    Jani Greffe Bélanger, Indigenous Project Manager

Intellectual mediation through literary co-creation: Whether you had the chance to see the video NUITS or not, we invite you to read the the blog article written by the facilitators, Tiphaine Barrailler and Bianca Laliberté. Indeed this video was recorded as part of the Exeko Biblio-libre project from a literary co-creation gathering nine authors met in various community organizations. The process is just as interesting to read (in French). 
Changemakers’ mental health: the right tools for well-being
On May 3, Nadia Duguay, codirector and cofounder of Exeko, and Ode Belzile, Director of Philanthropic Activities for the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, co-animated a workshop. The topic was “Co-developing solutions between stakeholders in the ecosystem”. The workshop was organized as part of an event fully dedicated to changemakers’ mental health, with the objectives to understand the phenomenon and develop solutions to ensure their well-being. The event was organized by the Pôle IDEOS, l'Esplanade and Revivre. A report will be available soon.
The activities at the inclusive culture lab are going well 
Over the past months, participants attended events at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and at the Bourgie Hall. With participants from the Muses and from the PCEIM, we introduced the workshop with the OSM through the orchestra game. : Participants acted as vocal instruments directed by another participant designated as the conductor. Discussions also covered the hybridization of musical genres (contemporary and classical), as well as activities outside the walls of the cultural institutions for greater accessibility to concerts. 
“The small inclusion cabin”

We are delighted to announce that we will take over and embellish a space in the Place Émilie-Gamelin and organize activities every Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm from June to early October. Our facilitators will be present to encourage critical thinking and stimulate creation. We can’t wait to get started!

News from idAction mobile
The idAction mobile van will be attending the "Fête des familles" on Mercier-Est on May 26th from 11 am to 3 pm. Our facilitator will welcome attendees, speak about prejudices and interact with the participants. As a reminder, the van travels the streets of Montreal 4 to 5 days per week, visits new boroughs like Hochelaga-Mercier-Maisonneuve and Montréal-Nord.
"Sommet sur le vivre-ensemble" in Gatineau

On April 20, Nadia Duguay participated in the first  Sommet du vivre-ensemble in Gatineau, an opportunity to start a dialogue between various facilitators and the rest of the population and help find solutions ensuring better social and economic inclusion for immigrants. To watch Nadia’s speech, click here (in French).  

News from the team...
○ The Métissages Urbains jury deliberated on May 15 to determine who will be the two artists in residence this summer for the section dedicated to newcomers. We can not wait to know the jury's choices! On the picture from left to right: Frédéric Péloquin, (facilitator and artist), Robert Bibeau (artist), Maxime Belliard (Project Manager at La Table de quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve), Dorothée de Collasson (Project Manager at Exeko), Soufia Bensaid (artist), Lisette Saincylus (social worker at Les Habitations l'Escalier and resident of Montréal-Nord) and Angeline Charron (Project Officer at Exeko).

○ Congratulations to Nadia Duguay – codirector and cofounder of Exeko – who was elected as Representative for the Cultural Institutions and Affiliated Organizations for the Board of Directors at the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins !
... and volunteers

Sixtine Coreman, a new Flemish volunteer and an anthropologist by training, is joining the Exeko team for six weeks. Thank you for your presence and smile, Sixtine, and welcome to Exeko!

We love our community
This week, we introduce you to a new team member, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush:

“Native from the Nutashkuan Innu community, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush has several interests including all genres of music, cinema and photography. She understands her reality as an Indigenous woman and tries to learn more. She recently uncovered her passion for travels and realized that changing sceneries makes her want to keep exploring. She became a short film producer and one of her pieces was awarded in Toronto. She also worked in several film sets. Graduated from the Cinema program at L'inis, she is the first Indigenous woman in Quebec to have obtained that degree…” [READ MORE (in French)]

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We would like to thank TD for their contribution to our projects in indigenous communities. We are very proud to renew this partnership for the next two years. 
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