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Mi'kmaw Film and Culture Night

Wednesday June 12th 7:30pm

King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal, NS

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Screening, "Women of this Land" - NS episode, by Stephanie Joline

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Screening, "Basket Maker"

by Catherine Anne Martin

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Join host shalan in celebrating two documentaries, and launching new book,

"The Art of Mi'kmaw Basketry"

Songs and conversation will follow as needed.

For tickets, click here.

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This research project is about helping to figure out what kinds of supports and initiatives Indigenous dancers/movers need in Atlantic Canada.

From online sessions, in-person conversations and a survey: we are listening. A report will be made up and shared in various ways as we look to the future!

The project guides are:

Chris Sanipass, Possesom Paul and Meagan Musseau

For more information on the project, click here.

This project is made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts SEED Funding and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Heritage and Tourism. We are supported by community guides, with administrative support from Mocean Dance and Nestuita’si Storytelling.

Other partners include Raven Spirit Dance and Mawi’Art.

Are you a movement-based Indigenous artist based in the East Coast? We want to hear from you!

Upcoming online information session

(click on the date to register)

Or contact us to set up a conversation


Phone: Mocean Dance (902)-425-4908

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KOQM is a journey through time and land to experience the voices of 5 fictional L'nu (Mi'kmaw) women. Throughout the course of the play, we hear and meet the women who might have spoken and walked through one area of forest over centuries. Guided by the strength of an ancient tree ("koqm"), the women's voices share with us their personal stories of grief, humour and resiliency.

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Image by Kiwnik Joudry-Martel

The original production of KOQM was nominated for the Merritt Award for Outstanding Production in 2023 and shalan joudry won the award for Outstanding New Play.

* more dates and locations will be announced soon *

Documentary Series is now Available on CBC Gem!

Women of this Land  (by director Stephanie Joline)

Women of This Land is a documentary series spotlighting the resilience and cultural richness of Indigenous women in Atlantic Canada as they share their stories of connection to land and heritage.

Produced by Peep Media and

Princess Space Monster Films

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Episode featuring shalan is found here!

CHŒUR(S)/CHORUS  Multi-media installation

Opening reception, Aberdeen Cultural Centre  March 19 6pm 

Free and open to public

“In the center of a black room stand a number of people. By going around the room, it is possible to count six that appeal to the visitor:

“Come here”
“Psst, psst”

They are poets. Six deferred poetic presences.

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shalan's poem as a 3D video? Come check out this amazing new installation!

Now on instagram!

Follow shalan for news on books, poetry/story events, and other arts news!

Follow shalan's company, Nestuita'si, for news on theatre/dance performances, eco-cultural workshops, and more.

new book:  The Art of Mi’kmaw Basketry

shalan facilitated/edited a book celebrating Mi'kmaw basketry

Book introduction by Catherine Anne Martin

Photos by Holly Brown Bear

Featured artists:

  • Peter J Clair, Elsipogtog First Nation, NB

  • Virick Francis, Eskasoni First Nation, NS

  • Stephen Jerome, Gesgapegiag, Quebec.

  • Della Maguire, Glooscap First Nation, NS

  • Frank Meuse, L's+tkuk First Nation, NS

  • Margaret Pelletier, We'koqma'q First Nation, NS

  • Sandra Racine, Elsipogtog First Nation, NB

  • Nora Richard, Lennox Island, PEI

  • Ashley Sanipass, Indian Island, NB

More information on book launch events coming soon!

To order:

shalan named Artist-in-Residence for the Pier 21 Museum of Immigration

Kjipuktuk (Halifax), NS

shalan will work with Mocean Dance and Sarah Prosper, among others, to explore embodiment, music, and public connections at the museum

(December 2023-May 2024)

Stay tuned for more information!

You can find shalan's announcement conversation on CBC's Halifax Mainstreet

Listen to shalan's podcast featuring the 13 languages of the poem, Km+tkinu

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