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Events and News

Prismatic Festival  (Sept 29-Oct 8, 2023)

shalan can no longer attend, however, please check out this amazing festival!

new book:  The Art of Mi’kmaw Basketry  October 10th

shalan facilitated/edited a book celebrating Mi'kmaw basketry.

Featured artists:

  • Peter Clair, Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick.

  • Virick Francis, Eskasoni First Nation, Nova Scotia.

  • Stephen Jerome, Gesgapegiag, Quebec.

  • Della Maguire, Glooscap First Nation, Nova Scotia.

  • Frank Meuse, L'sittkuk First Nation (Bear River), Nova Scotia.

  • Margaret Peltier, We'koqma'q First Nation, Nova Scotia.

  • Sandra Racine, Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick.

  • Nora Richard, Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island.

  • Ashley Sanipass, Indian Island, New Brunswick.

More information on book launch events coming soon!

To pre-order:

Mi'kmaw language reclamation projects!

August 2022-March 2023 shalan was involved in a full-time language program for adults in L's+tkuk. If you are also curious about beginning your Mi'kmaw language journey and do not have an in-person learning opportunities around you, here are some great sites:  (from Unama'ki region)  (from Listuguj region)   (from Listuguj region)

(There are differences in writing systems and dialects, but the foundational learning is crucial! Listen to the rhythm, watch the words change in sentences (polysynthetic language). Memorize a few words or phrases and stay open-minded!)


Wela'lioq to everyone who supported our show in 2022!

Photo by Dan Froese

KOQM won the 2023 Robert Merritt Theatre Award for

Outstanding New NS Play (playwright).

For a bit more information, see the KOQM page on this site.

Special Notes:

This show is approx 60 minutes (no intermission). Not recommended for young children.

Trigger Warning:  Please be aware that this performance includes references to harmful impacts of European-Canadian colonization suffered by L’nu’k (Mi’kmaq). Some of these include: abuse at the residential school, forced separation of families, forced relocation, loss of access to hunting and fishing grounds, small pox, genocide as well as lasting inter-generational effects of these.
No Alcohol:  The KOQM team acknowledges the devastating role that alcohol played through colonization in compounding trauma to Indigenous families and communities. For this reason no alcohol will be available for sale in association with this production. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available.
Talkback:  There will be a 30-minute discussion period after every evening performance for audience members who would like to stay for further conversation. Writer and actor shalan joudry welcomes questions or reflections that the show might have sparked.

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