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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

Nicolas Renaud's areas of teaching and research include: Wendat worldview and history, Iroquoian cultures, colonialism and decolonization, Indigenous ecologies, relationships between settler society and Indigenous Peoples in Québec, concepts of identity, and cinema and other arts.

He is also a filmmaker and video installation artist. He has made documentary and experimental work since the late 1990's. 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 (NFB production, 2021), the video mixing performance Holiday Native Land (co-created with Brian Virostek, 2021), and an installation piece based on a Wendat wampum belt offered to France in 1676 (in progress, 2021).

Nicolas Renaud also worked as an editor or consultant on a variety of documentary films and other audio-visual projects, including several productions with Indigenous content. 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 at Concordia since 2007. In recent years, he gave the seminar "Indigenous Cinema of the Americas" in the MFA Studio Arts program.

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:

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)

Fields of interest:

Colonialism, decolonization vs capitalism, Indigenous cultures, Wendat traditional worldview and society, connections with nature defined by cultural differences, politics of Indigenous land, identity, Indigenous cinema, film history, documentary cinema, experimental cinema, installation art, aesthetics vs politics.

Many of the above topics are merged in the critical study of the cultural and historical context of Québec's francophone society, and how the production of a certain national narrative affects its relationship with Indigenous peoples.

recent lectures & residencies

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.



"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.

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