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Ubagaan

Blog by Stephen Inglis Toboggans were used and discarded regularly in Northern Ontario and Quebec, and have not traditionally been the kind of thing to catch/caught the eye of collectors. However, the toboggan is an invention of First Nations of North Eastern Canada, and we know that it has been critical to survival in winter …

Virtual Tour of the Institute

In early August, a small, highly specialized video production crew from supplier HyperActive Productions took residence in the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, on a mission to create something very special. Cree art, music, history, and culture continue to be critically important to Cree and non-Cree audiences, especially during the difficult times of the current health …

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation partners with Mastercard Foundation

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to provide support for the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute through a thoroughly redesigned, more robust interactive web site and through increased connectivity. The support from the Mastercard Foundation will enable improved access to the virtual museum of the Aanischaaukamikw …

Working Remotely as a Museum Collections Registrar

 by Melanie Banks With the closure of many public spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, family and friends have assumed that as a heritage worker I would have been laid off. This has been a frequent conversation starter when I am inevitably asked how I am spending my time during the pandemic. When …

Reflections on Painted Caribou Hide Workshops

by Margaret Orr In the months of January, February, and March 2020, I embarked on a journey to Ouje-Bougoumou, Mistissini, Eastmain, Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui in Eeyou Istchee (Quebec). My journey was to facilitate workshops that focused on the designs painted on caribou hide coats and other items of clothing and other belongings. Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) …

Making Paint Pigments

By Margaret Orr It’s been a real pleasure working on the Painted Caribou-Skin Coats Project with the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec. Margaret looking at painted coats with our research group at the Royal Ontario Museum. After a trip to see ancient painted caribou-skin items in the Royal Ontario Museum in August, 2019, …

Pandemic Isolating: What I’m doing with the ‘Reesa’ my time

Jessica MacLean, the conservator at Aanischaaukamikw, shares some information about how we keep our collections safe and free from insect damage. On a bright spring day in April 2020, 1120 km from Ouje-Bougoumou amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself sitting at my kitchen table in Toronto doing watercolour sketches. The subject of which are …

My work in the library at Aanischaaukamikw

by: Annie Bosum Annie will be retiring from her library position in the coming few years so we asked her to write a few words about her career so far. Me (right) and my colleague Laura (left) in front of the beautiful Aanischaaukamikw building in June 2018. My position as Library Technician at the Aanischaaukamikw …

My Life as a Digitization Technician in Eeyou Istchee

Kory at work doing digitization As a digitization technician at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institution, my primary task is essentially to preserve material from the archives and convert each original file into a digital file. VHS tapes that need to be digitised From a profusion of textual documentation to old school playable video and audio formats, …