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Mr. Nicolas Renaud

Assistant Professor - First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs

Mr. Nicolas Renaud
Office: S-CI 301  
CI Annex,
2149 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2398

Areas of teaching and research include: Wendat worldview and history, Iroquoian cultures, colonialism and decolonization, Indigenous ecologies, wampum belts, Indigenous cinema, and relations between Québec society and Indigenous peoples.

Member of the Indigenous Futures Research Centre.
Associate member of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.

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), the found-footage collage project Holiday Native Land (co-created with Brian Virostek, 2023), and a series of installation pieces based on 17th century Wendat wampum belts (2022-2024).

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).

MA Sociology (UQAM)
BFA Cinema, Film Production (Concordia)

Trailers and samples of recent film and video work:

Film available on
Florent Vollant: I Dream in Innu (5 min, 2021)
Free streaming

BRAVE NEW RIVER (Fr.: La Nouvelle Rupert) / documentary, 68 min, 2013
OURSONS (Bear Cubs) / documentary, 9 min, 2019
MÉTAMORPHOSES / documentary, 18 min, 2020

Teaching activities

Courses 2007-2024:

Advanced Topics in First Peoples Studies: Wampum Belts (FPST 498)
Contemporary Politics in First Peoples Communities (FPST 401)
First Peoples' Cinema (FPST 298 / FMST 217)
First Peoples of Canada (FPST 203)
Globalization and Indigenous Peoples (FPST 341)
Intro to First Peoples Studies (FPST 201)
MFA Seminar: Indigenous Cinema of the Americas (Studio Arts, ASEM 654)
Le Cinéma québécois (FMST 215)
Film History to 1959 (FMST 211)
Films on Art (FFAR 298)
Film Aesthetics (FMST 212)

Upcoming and current events


- BACA 2024 (@ DRAC, Drummondville), March 23 - May 16, 2024:

Onyionhwentsïio' (video loop, sound, text)

- Méduse permanent collection, Québec city, Dec. 2023 - ongoing (5th floor):

Wampum-vitrail #3 (lightboxes and wampum belt with shell and crystal beads)

- daphne Indigenous art centre, Montréal, Nov. 3 - Jan. 13, 2023, two works shown:

Wampum-écran-vitrail #2 (installation with wampum belt in shell and glass beads, light boxes, video projections)

Paix et guerre en même temps (
wampum with quahog shell, moose hide, and mirror)

- Group exhibition Yahndawa', Musée Huron-Wendat de Wendake, June - Sept. 2023, and Galerie Oeil de Poisson, Québec City, Sept-Oct. 2022:

Wampum-écran-vitrail #1 (installation with wampum in shell and glass beads, video projections)

Paix et guerre en même temps / Peace and war at the same time (quahog shell beads, moose hide, mirror)

Recent lectures, presentations, residencies

- 19th Annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado. Online event "Our Stories": screening of short films and conversation with filmmakers Terry Jones, Craig Commanda, Nicolas Renaud. October 26, 2022.

- 8th annual conference Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous CinemaAugust 15-16, 2022, in Kahnawake and Montréal. Contribution to the panel "Filmmaking and Indigenous Epistemologies".

- Holiday Native Land - video work with archive films, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal, June 2022 (by N. Renaud & Brian Virostek)

- Wendat Ecology - Do you respect the fish? Does the fish respect you? 2022 Conference of the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability & Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. Concordia University, Montréal, March 23rd.

- Visiting artist - lectures, screenings and workshops. Davidson College of Liberal Arts, North Carolina, USA, 2019.

- Land of Reciprocity: relationship to nature in Indigenous cinema.
Lecture at Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC, USA, 2018.


Decolonising pedagogy and promoting student well-being

Catherine Richardson/Kineweskwêw and Nicolas Renaud. Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice, Vol. 6, Issue 2, Winter 2023, p. 19-36. 

L’univers idéologico-politique des peuples autochtones au Québec 

Nicolas Renaud et Daniel Salée. Dans Bulletin d’histoire politique, Volume 30, numéro 3 : Le nouveau clivage idéologique du Québec au début du XXIe siècle (dir. Guillaume Lamy), printemps 2023, p. 130–154.

Wiñaypacha : La honte du fils
(in French) Essai sur le film péruvien Wiñaypacha (2017) du cinéaste aymara Óscar Catacora. Panorama Cinéma, no. août 2022. gratuit en ligne

Dans les montagnes de la Caroline du Nord
récit / nouvelle (non-fiction short story), revue COMMUNS, no. Juin 2022.
EPUB & PDF gratuit (French)

L'art au temps du colonialisme au Québec : le film of the North et la pièce Kanata.
Chapitre 4 dans: Devoir de mémoire - Perspectives sociales et théoriques sur la vérité, la justice et la réconciliation dans les Amériques, Éd. Leila Celis & Martin Hébert. Presses de l'Université Laval, 2020. Libre accès en pdf (French) :

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