Events and FestivalsJuly 16 to July 22
Traditionally, families would leave their respective trapping territories in the summer so gather in common settlements such as Waskaganish. During this time, Cress would celebrate weddings, share stories and fest on freshly caught and smoked fish. This is a time of the year dedicated to celebrations and fishing.
In 2018, to mark the 350th anniversary of Waskaganish, three days of celebration are planned for each season of the year. The event includes workshops on Cree culture and knowledge for participants who seek to reconnect with the traditional way of life or learn more about Cree culture.
Arts Symposium: fifty artists from Waskaganish and elsewhere in Eeyou Istchee take part in the Arts Symposium, where they present their work in a tradeshow. Also on the program are demonstrations of traditional crafts-making along with a discussion period.
Cultural and traditional activities: in the old days, the Cree shared their traditional activities among themselves in a congenial spirit. The Elders are invited to share their activities, stories, and pass them on to the next generation. Along with these traditional activities, games and cultural events are also on offer.
Dance and music: we celebrate both our traditional singers and dancers along with contemporary musicians. Artists from across the Cree Nation are invited to share their songs, stories, and dance traditions.