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Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program

Mikw Chiyâm is an interdisciplinary arts program that was commissioned by the Cree School Board in 2015. The program aims to increase student retention and attachment to school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Mikw Chiyâm aims to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and express their personal and collective voices through artistic expression.

  • Status:
    Program, Arts Concentration Program commissioned by the Cree School Board 
  • Main Communities Served:
    FNMI, Youth, Cree Nation Youth in the Eeyou Istchee 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Quebec, Eeyou Istchee – James Bay QC Area 
  • Languages:
    English 
  • Arts Focus:
    craetive writing, spoken word, photography 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    For the 2017-18 school year, we have our arts concentration program running in four secondary schools in the EEyou Istchee: Voyageur Memorial School in Mistissini, Wiinibekuu School in Waskaganish, James Bay Eeyou School in Chisasibi and Luke Mettaweskum School in Nemaska. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    This program is designed to increase students’ interest and attachment to school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Our overarching goals are to promote accountability and to empower students by providing them with opportunities to discover, build and share their personal and collective voices through the arts.

    While being introduced to diverse artists (musicians, visual artists, actors, spoken word artists, filmmakers, dancers, multimedia artists, traditional artisans, etc.), Cree youth will explore themes such as storytelling, expressing personal and collective voice, and spreading personal messages on a larger scale to create effective and meaningful artistic productions. Artists are integrated into school and community-based programming through intensive multi-week creative residencies throughout the school year. We promote art literacy, art appreciation, and collaboration by bringing together students, artists, teachers and community members in positive learning spaces where creative initiatives can flourish.

    We also provide exceptional pedagogical support for artists and teachers to incorporate the projects into the school curriculum and respond to their students’ needs.

    This is a living program that is constantly shaped and reshaped in response to the students, teachers, artists, community and administration feedback; we are in constant communication with our teachers, artists, students, administration and community members to reflect and adapt our programming according to their feedback and reflections. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Lina Moreno, Director of Research and Development 
  • Main Contact Email:
    lina.moreno@mikwchiyam.com 
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  • Address:
    1001 Rue Lenoir Suite B-214
    Montreal, QC  H4C 2Z6 

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