Decolonization

With clear commitments, Mandoline Hybride aspire to help reduce inequalities and move the arts community toward healthier policies in terms of gender and sex equality, decolonization and diversification of artistic programming. Within its various projects as a presenter and place of residence, the presence of indigenous artists, racialized persons, members of queer and/or minority communities are envisioned as the norm, and not as an exception. The organization is committed to supporting the fight against colonial domination, sexism, racism and discrimination with concrete actions: targeted volunteer actions; circulation of discourses related to these struggles; setting up of structuring projects to stimulate the meeting between indigenous and allochthonous artists; attention to the enhancement of indigenous languages and traditions, recognition of the territory.

Land and water acknowledgment

We, the artists and collaborators of Mandoline Hybride’s company based in Marsoui, want to recognize that our activities and gatherings take place on traditional unceded lands and waters of the Mi’gmaq Nation. These traditional lands and waters are known to the Mi’gmaq community as the 7th District of Mi’gma’gi, Gespe’gewa’gi: The Last Land. In 1726, the Peace and Friendship Treaties were made between the nations of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), the Mi’kmaq (Micmac) and the British Crown. The treaties in question did not contain a clause relating to the cession of lands and waters, but did recognize the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq title, setting the rules for what were to be peaceful and harmonious relationships between nations. We also wish to acknowledge that the coasts of the Saint-Lawrence River have been places for encounters, fruit picking, fishing and hunting for indigenous people since long before the first settlers arrived. Through art and community projects, our hope is to contribute to the ancestral movement of artistic exchange between peoples and to recognize our responsibility to renew our practices with respect for present and future generations.

This acknowledgement was written in collaboration with Erika Gideon Marchand from Listuguj’s Mi’gmag community, and with the help of the book Nta’tugwaqanminen
Our Story: Evolution of the Gespe’gewa’gi Mi’gmaq. Wela’lin!

Nta’tugwaqanminen provides evidence that the Mi’gmaq of the Gespe’gewa’gi (Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula) have occupied their territory since time immemorial. Read more >>>

Mi’kmaq language and culture with Darlene Gijuminag

A series of monthly meetings initiated by Mandoline Hybride in January 2021 aiming to better understand the Mi’kmaq culture and language in the company of Gesgapegiag artist Darlene Gijunimag. Vocabulary, traditions, storytelling and songs are on the menu of these virtual exchanges between natives and non-natives. In 2022, this project is renewed thanks to the support of Culture Gaspésie.

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  • Consult the collaborative document of the work accomplished during the previous sessions.

Resource database

In this will to take part in real decolonial efforts, Mandoline Hybride puts at the disposal this resource database which can be used as a starting point or reference for a better apprehension of the questions involving Indigenous communities from here and beyond. This list is, of course, not exhaustive and constitutes an ongoing and evolving exercise. Mandoline Hybride invites its public, collaborators and friends to join this process. To participate in the growth of this database, please share your favorite resources with us by email!

Mi’kmaq Nations

Book recommandations

In English:

  • I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism, Lee Maracle (Raincoast Books, Press Gang Publishers, 2002).

In French and English:

  • Halfbreed, Maria Campbell (Prise de parole, 2021) | Halfbreed, Maria Campbell (Random House of Canada,  2019);
  • Cartographie de l’amour décolonial, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Mémoire d’Encrier, 2018) | Islands of Decolonial Love, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2013).

In French:

  • Shuni, Naomi Fontaine (Mémoire d’Encrier, 2019);
  • Crocs fendus, Tanya Tagaq (Alto, 2019);
  • Kukum, Michel Jean (Libre Expression, 2019);
  • Chroniques de Kitchike: la grande débarque : nouvelles, Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui (Hannenorak, 2017);
  • Eukuan Nin Matshi-Manitu Innushkueu /Je suis une maudite sauvagesse, An Antane Kapesh (Leméac, 1976; Mémoire d’encrier, 2019).

Art, music and culture

  • daphne / Non-profit, artist-run center based in Tiohtià:ke – Mooniyang – Montreal;
  • Kuei! Kwe! / Radio program hosted by Melissa Mollen Dupuis Melissa that showcases the talent and audacity of First Peoples [in french only];
  • Contemporary Native Art Biennial / Biennial event with a focus on recognizing and supporting contemporary Indigenous art and artists through programmed exhibitions;
  • Nikamowin / Indigenous music streaming platform;
  • Wapikoni mobile / Organization that promotes the expression and creative talents of First Peoples through short films, music and XR creative projects.

Web sites

  • She is Indigenous / Online campaign highlighting the strength and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women;
  • Quebec Native Women / Organization representing First Nations women of Quebec as well as Indigenous women living in urban areas;
  • Mikana / Non-profit organization whose mission is to work for social change by educating different audiences about the realities and perspectives of Indigneous peoples;
  • Native Languages of the Americas / Online platform promoting Native American languages.

Reference works

  • Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. Second edition.. London: Zed Books, 2012;
  • Tuck, Eve, et K. Wayne Yang. « Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor ». Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, nᵒ 1 (8 septembre 2012);
  • Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. « Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious Transformation ». Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, nᵒ 3 (21 novembre 2014);
  • Vizenor, Gerald. Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance. 1st Bison Books print édition. Lincoln, Neb.: Bison Books, 1999.