Summary of organization/program

The Wapikoni mobile, traveling studio training and entertainment and music, has been around for seven years in First Nations communities of Quebec. Created by filmmaker Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni was co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the Youth Council of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.

Contact information


 3155, chemin de la Côte-De-Liesse, Montreal (Quebec) H4N 2N4

 Telephone: (514) 283.3542 / Fax.: (514) 283.3543

Geographic region

local, national


First Nations Youth

History/Background Information

To break the isolation experienced by young First Nations of Quebec, screenings and meetings are held with the public and First Nations filmmakers around the world. The young designers of mobile Wapikoni thus become the ambassadors of contemporary culture rich and too often overlooked.

Since its inception in 2004, his achievements speak for themselves:

7 Indigenous nations affected : the traveling studio rolled into the Algonquin nations, Atikamekw, Cree, Innu, Huron-Wendat, Naskapi, and Mohawk.

19 COMMUNITYS QUEBEC NATIVE VISITED : Pikogan, Lac-Simon, Kitcisakik in Abitibi, Winneway Témiscamingue, Kitigan Zibi in Ottawa, Wemotaci and Opitciwan Mauricie, Manawan in Lanaudière, Mashteuiatsh in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Uashat-Maliotenam Nutashkuan, La Romaine and Betsiamites on the North Shore, Wendake near Quebec City, Bougoumou, Kawawachikamach, Matimekush-Lac John in Northern Quebec in the Laurentians and Kanehsatake Mistissini.

Nearly 2000 participants with creative workshops and training video and music since 2004.

360 CREATIONS recorded musical in the traveling studio since 2004.

Nearly 450 COURTS-MÉT Rages MADE by First Nations youth, some translated into English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and even Mandarin.

Several hundred DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES in prestigious national and international festivals, conferences and other special events in Canada, North America and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and French Polynesia.

More than 40 AWARDS in national and international festivals Aboriginal creators Wapikoni mobile since its inception.

  • Established: 2004

Dominant Media Forms

video production


The Wapikoni Mobile gives young First Nations the opportunity to express themselves through video and music. While encouraging the emergence of talents, it facilitates the exchange and communication between young people and contributes to their openness to the world. It gives them the opportunity to make themselves known, to leave their living normal and shining in their communities and around the world.

Statement of Principles

The permanent studios are active in the community throughout the year and enable young people to achieve their first professional contracts.Supported by the youth of the community, the first permanent studio Wapikoni opened in Wemotaci in January 2006. A second studio is now in operation at Kitcisakik.


“Learning by doing” sums up the basis of the pedagogy of mobile Wapikoni established by Manon Barbeau in collaboration with the senior job. Led by young filmmakers and a professional youth worker and a local coordinator, young creators of First Nations follow practical training in the field.These cover both the script and the realization that the more technical aspects of the camera, the sound and editing. The result? Short films hitting documentaries, animation, fiction and original musical creations.

In the field, the coordinator ensures the local Aboriginal walking home studio in the community, recruiting participants and acts as liaison between the community and the team Wapikoni mobile.The long term goal is to support the assertion of identity by the participants to speak, skills development and ownership of communication tools, to put an end to their isolation, to create a network with the creators of First Nations and elsewhere to combat prejudice and among immigrants.

Samples of work

Funding Sources

The Council of the Nation Atikamekw

Youth Council of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador