ARTICLES BY Christine Rigby

Decoding native style

A unique Montreal exhibit threads the relationship of clothing to Aboriginal identity Montreal’s historic McCord Museum, which has long been devoted to the preservation of Native Peoples’ history, opened a new permanent collection May 2 that explores the relationship between Native dress and identity. Wearing Our Identities: The First Peoples Collection presents ... read more ››


Indigenous art sparks interest at the National Gallery   Rebecca Belmore, Fringe, 2009 The Algonquin word Sakahàn means “to ignite a fire.” It appropriately represents the impact that Aboriginal artists have had on the global arts community over the last decade. Like a fire spreading outwards, Indigenous artists are leaving a lasting impression ... read more ››

Inuit distinctiveness

On February 24, the McCord Museum hosted the opening of a very special exhibition: Inuit Modern, The Esther and Samuel Sarick Collection. Shown last year at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Inuit Modern is on loan to the Montreal museum until the end of September 2012. The exhibit, co-curated ... read more ››

Looking for employment

It is no secret that the labour market has seen better days. There seem to be fewer and fewer jobs out there and competition is stiff. Whether you are thinking about re-entering the workforce, changing fields or getting your feet wet for the first time, everyone can benefit from a ... read more ››

Deck the Bins

  Winter has settled in for the next few months and fresh blankets of snow are systematically covering most, if not all, of nature’s beautiful colours that we experience the rest of the year. This is not the case in Nemaska, however, thanks to a colourful public art project created by ... read more ››

Stimulating emporium

  During the holiday season leading up to Christmas, local craft fairs were popping up all over Quebec. While most were fairly small in size, Montreal hosted the country’s largest professional crafts show at Place Bonaventure throughout December. The 10th annual Salon des métiers d’art du Québec (SMAQ) welcomed over 400 ... read more ››

Paint what you know

Every summer the Yukon government hosts a three-day leadership training camp designed to bring together youth leaders from the area and teach them valuable leadership skills that they can translate back into their respective communities. This year’s camp, hosted by the Youth Directorate, facilitated by Stephen Leafloor (a.k.a. Buddha) and ... read more ››

Travel Guides at the Canadian Guild of Crafts

The 21st First Peoples Festival officially began August 2 in Montreal, but the festivities got underway a bit early this year with a vernissage at the Canadian Guild of Crafts on July 21. The Guild, founded in 1906, is known for its efforts to conserve and promote Inuit and First Nations ... read more ››

Reinterpreting the past

The McCord Museum, located in downtown Montreal, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The museum is taking advantage of the occasion to promote its position as a premier history museum as well as maintain its reputation as a thought-provoking, contemporary and progressive institution. The new signature, “Our People, Our ... read more ››

Creating dialogue, visually

Le Collectif photo – le Rapprochement is a visual-arts exhibit currently being exposed in Montreal North. It is the brainchild of Suzanne Bourdon, a Communications graduate from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a passion for photography. The idea for the exhibit was conceived in 2002 when Bourdon traveled ... read more ››

Banking 101

Banking can be intimidating for some and anything beyond the basics can become overwhelming. Fortunately, many financial institutions seem to understand this and have created services that are designed to make their clients feel more at ease. Most people have savings or chequing accounts with their banks which allow the access ... read more ››

Finding the right support

Every year a new group of high school students have to ask themselves the important question as to whether or not they will pursue higher education. For most, the question is simple to answer seeing as it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve success in adulthood with only a high ... read more ››

Boréades de la danse

For the first time in its 20-year run, the First People’s Festival was held in the heart of downtown Montreal. The Place des Festivals, home to such large-scale events as the Montreal Jazz Festival and the FrancoFolie, was transformed to showcase indigenous culture from varying parts of the world. Through the ... read more ››