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Rocking Those Mocs

Connecting to Culture

Date & time
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


Indigenous Directions


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Since 2011, Rock your Mocs has showcased the diversity of Indigenous peoples by encouraging them to share stories through photos of their moccasins.

Indigenous Directions is inviting you to join us in celebrating the week-long event by attending Rocking Those Mocs: Connecting to Culture. Nicolas Renaud will host this panel discussion exploring different ways in which wearing moccasins empowers their culture and identity. 

The discussion will be followed by a Q & A with the panelists.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Depuis 2011, la campagne Rock your Mocs met en valeur la diversité des peuples autochtones en les encourageant à partager leurs histoires à travers des photos de leurs mocassins. 

Le Bureau des directions autochtones vous invite à célébrer cet événement en participant à Rocking Those Mocs : Se connecter à la culture. Nicolas Renaud animera cette table ronde qui explorera avec les panélistes les différentes façons dont le port de mocassins renforce leurs cultures et leurs identités.  

Une séance de questions-réponses avec les panélistes suivra la discussion. 

Vous voulez participer? Rejoignez-nous en personne ou en ligne en vous inscrivant à la réunion Zoom ou en regardant en direct sur YouTube. 

Apprenez-en d’avantage sur la campagne annuelle Rock Your Mocs


Nicolas Renaud (Moderator)

Nicolas Renaud is also a filmmaker and installation artist. He has made documentary and experimental work since the 1990s. He received the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award (for best 1st feature-length documentary) at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival in 2013 for the film Brave New River (La Nouvelle Rupert). His latest works and current projects include the short films Bear Cubs (Fr.v. Oursons, 2019), Métamorphoses (2020), Florent Vollant: I Dream in Innu (2021), Onyionhwentsïio' (2022), and a series of installation pieces based on 17th c. Wendat wampum belts (2022-2023).

He also worked as an editor and consultant on documentary films and other audio-visual projects. Among those collaborations, he was an editor for the NFB animation program Hothouse 12: Indigenous, and for the essay film by Carlos Ferrand 13, a ludodrama about Walter Benjamin (2017). From 2014 to 2020, he was co-programmer of the film section at the Montréal International First Peoples Festival (Présence autochtone). Prior to being appointed full-time in SCPA-First Peoples Studies, he taught part-time in Cinema and Studio Arts at Concordia from 2007 to 2021, and gave the MFA seminar "Indigenous Cinema of the Americas".

Nicolas Renaud is of mixed Québécois and Indigenous heritage, and is a member of the Huron-Wendat First Nation of Wendake (Qc).

Cheyenne Henry

Cheyenne is an Anishinaabe from Roseau River First Nations, Treaty 1 territory, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cheyenne has been working in post secondary for over a decade, primarily in academic advising and student support roles. She worked as an academic advisor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the University of Winnipeg, where she also advised and coordinated support services for students at an off-campus location in Winnipeg’s North End. Cheyenne understands the importance of creating safe, culturally relevant spaces are for Indigenous students pursing post secondary, where students can be supported in reconciling their learning and find meaning in their educational paths. Cheyenne is very passionate about art, education, Indigenous ways of knowing and doing, and community building. Cheyenne is a mother to two adult daughters, who she raised as a single parent while pursing her university education and career. She is also a multi disciplinary artist who is always seeking opportunities for artistic expression and practice that cross boundaries between art, culture, education, politics and community.

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Mavis Poucachiche

Mavis Poucachiche is a first-generation residential school survivor, a grand-daughter, a student and a member of Waswanipi Cree Nation. She currently works as a Project Manager at Youth Fusion overseeing programming in CEGEPs and Indigenous communities. Her focus is to integrate indigenous culture into programming to build a community within the indigenous student population in Montreal. She is a recent graduate from Concordia University where she obtained a degree in First Peoples Studies. 

Mavis’ passion for Indigenous education stemmed from her fathers and grandfathers experience with residential school. She’s currently studying a Masters in Educational Leadership at McGill University with the hopes of learning how to integrate indigenous ways of thinking, doing and being in curriculum across Quebec

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