Night of Ideas of the Alliance française du Manitoba
Indigenous perspectives on nature

Following the sharing that took place during The Night of Ideas 2020 around the theme “Being alive”, the Alliance française du Manitoba has decided to deal with the theme «Close(r)» through the lens of what we identify as otherness and to question the proximity between countries, and between humans and animal and plant species.

In the context of a global pandemic, where Humanity feels fragile and vulnerable, Humans are questioning themselves. They worry about their health, question their rights and wonder about their place in and relationship with Nature. As part of Night of Ideas organized on 28 January 2021, the Alliance française du Manitoba invites you to revisit these questions through the inspiring and calming wisdom of Indigenous cultures.
Our program contains 3 sections:

Watch the Night of Ideas - Manitoba, from 6 PM

Section 1: Cultural approach of Aboriginal medicine, in partnership with CBC and University of Manitoba

Most societies' medical approach is often supported by evidence-based research and points of view specific to so-called "Western" research. Nevertheless, for Canada Indigenous people, the medical approach is rooted in nature where "cultural" healing strategies address the special relationship to language, traditions, and the land. During this round table, the indigenous cultural approach history, the differences with the western one and their integration into health policy will be discussed with Dr. Marcia ANDERSON and nurse Melanie MACKINNON.

Guests / moderator :


Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health
Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba


Executive Director of Indigenous Health Services in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Jean-Eric GHIA

Honorary Consul of France in Winnipeg
Associate Professor
Director, Gastrointestinal Basic Biology Research, IBD Clinical & Research Centre, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Section 2: "Spirit Panel Project" in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the National Association of Friendship Centres invited Elders, artists, and youth from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to come together to explore what human rights and responsibilities mean. The Elders engaged the youth in sharing circles about human rights and responsibilities from Aboriginal perspectives.

Section 3: About the Film "Call Me Human"

WATCH FOR FREE a film "Call Me Human" directed by Kim O'BOMSAWIN

“Sauvage,” says Joséphine Bacon, “means to be wholly free.” When elders leave us, a link to the past vanishes along with them. Innu writer Joséphine Bacon exemplifies a generation that is bearing witness to a time that will soon have passed away. With charm and diplomacy, she leads a charge against the loss of a language, a culture, and its traditions. On the trail of Papakassik, the master of the caribou, Call Me Human proposes a foray into a people’s multimillennial history, in company with a woman of great spirit who has devoted her life to passing on her knowledge and that of her ancestors. In her language, Innu means “human.”

This film will be available online for FREE from January 25 to January 31, 2021

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Section 4: About the Film "Call Me Human"

After watching the film, we offer you an intimate meeting with a poet Josephine BACON, central figure of the film "Call Me Human", where her perspective on her relationship with nature and the spirit of the living creatures will be discussed.

To conclude the event Nuit of Ideas of Winnipeg, we will rebroadcast a round table FOCUS organized by our partner Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, where the poet Josephine Bacon and the film director Kim O’Bomsawin were present.

For the complete program of the Night of Ideas - CANADA,
click here.

For watching the film "Call Me Human", click here.

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