The First Nations peoples are an extremely important part of Canadian history, but rarely do us Montreal city dwellers get to fully immerse ourselves in the culture. But luckily for us, starting next week, Montreal will be hosting the Présence Autochtone First People's Festival for the 25th year in a row.
From July 29 to August 5, Places des Festivals will be transformed for the Présence Autochtone into a First People's cultural hub, complete with a towering, brightly lit tipi. You'll be able to see live musical performances, catch a film screening, attend the parade along Saint Catherine Street, try out a masterclass or seminar, and of course, eat as much food as you can possibly handle.
Not only is the Presence Autochone guaranteed to be a great time, but it's a chance to learn something about our own history, in what's probably the most fun way possible. And considering there's been so much ongoing discussion as of late concerning the First Nation's culture (like with the banning of First Nations headdresses at Osheaga) it might be a good idea to inform yourself as much as possible about the culture - and if that's by eating copious amounts of food, then so be it.