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 Center.

Nicolas Renaud is also a filmmaker and video 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), the video mixing performance Holiday Native Land (co-created with Brian Virostek, 2022), and an installation piece based on an ancient Wendat wampum belt (in progress, 2022).

Nicolas Renaud also worked as an editor or consultant on a variety of documentary films and other audio-visual projects. Among those collaborations, he was an editor for the NFB animation studio 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 (2021), he taught part-time in Cinema and Studio Arts at Concordia since 2007, and gave the MFA seminar "Indigenous Cinema of the Americas".

He 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)

Some samples of recent film work:

Latest film:
Florent Vollant: I Dream in Innu (5 min, 2021, NFB production)
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 2007-2022:

First Peoples of Canada (FPST)
Globalization and Indigenous Peoples (FPST)
Intro to First Peoples Studies (FPST)
MFA Seminar: Indigenous Cinema of the Americas (Studio Arts)
First Peoples' Cinema (Cinema, FMST)
Le Cinéma québécois (Cinema, FMST)
Film History to 1959 (Cinema, FMST)
Films on Art (Fine Arts, FFAR)
Film Aesthetics (Cinema, FMST)

Recent lectures, presentations, residencies

- Holiday Native Land - video work with archive films, FOFA Gallery, Concordia, June 2022 (N. Renaud & B. 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, March 23rd.

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

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


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

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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