You already know how important Wapikoni Mobile is to the Indigenous communities we work with each year. This mobile studio is used for community intervention, training, and art creation, and helps transform the lives of First Nations youth through cinema and music.
When you donate to Wapikoni Mobile you help First Nations youth to develop personal expression and creative tools to combat issues relating to suicide, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and violence. Individuals are able to share their cultural heritage outside of their own communities to a broader public, while instilling a sense of pride within themselves and their communities.
Each donation counts and makes a difference within the 15 or more communities and the many individuals that we visit each year.
We wish to thank you for helping First Nations youth to break down alienation, to foster pride and to open up new horizons. Together, let’s support Wapikoni and First Nations youth.
Director and Cofounder
Filmmaker and President of the Board
Yes, I believe in the importance of giving a voice to First Nations youth, improving their future, and in building bridges between cultures.
I support Wapikoni Mobile.
Breaking down alienation“Wapikoni Mobile isn’t limited to training filmmakers. It also enables youth to become filmmaker mentors and youth outreach workers. Wapikoni encourages young people to be active in their community, not only to create videos, but also to be involved in day-to-day activities. For me, it’s clear that Wapikoni Mobile is tattooed on my heart.”
Filmmaker and President of Wapikoni Mobile Community: Ekuanitshit - Mingan / Montreal
Did you know?
Close to 90% of the youth said that their participation in workshops and in the creative processes associated with filmmaking enhanced the quality of their relationships with their family, their friends, their colleagues, and the members of their community. They feel that they have more control over their lives; they feel more integrated in their environment and in society in general.
Fostering pride« We’re not savages. »
« I’m not a kawish. I don’t live in a teepee. »
« I want to say it’s fun to be Atikamekw. »
« I’m proud of myself. I’m proud to be Atikamekw.»br/>
Did you know?
By giving a voice to Aboriginal youth, and by highlighting their culture via hundreds of events across Canada and the world, Wapikoni builds bridges between cultures. By doing this, Wapikoni helps to eliminate prejudice, and works hard to reconcile Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The creation process proposed by Wapikoni generates cultural pride and identity affirmation for 88% of the youth. They say that the Wapikoni experience has reinforced their cultural affiliation, and their perception of their Indigenous heritage.
Opening up new horizons“Wapikoni Mobile is a door onto the world. […] The little guys call me DJ. As soon as I play live, young people look at me and say: I want to be like you. People see me on TV or online. I am perceived like a DJ model. That’s it.”
Leader of Red Rockerz Community: Manawan
Did you know?
More than half of the youths surveyed about their experience with Wapikoni Mobile said that they wished to pursue post-secondary studies. One quarter of them said that there’s a lesser chance of becoming a school dropout. 78% of the youth surveyed said that participating in our workshops helped them clarify what they wanted for their future.