“They cut my hair, and showed me the will of god. Who’s the real savage between us? Come, say it to my face.”

Director’s Vision for ‘Tipatshimushtunan’

TIPATSHIMUSHTUNAN means “tell us” in Innu-Aimun. Through this song, that speaks about the cultural genocide experienced by the native people, amongst other things, I wanted to create a hybrid documentary and music video project, where the word, testimony, and a part of history, would be at the very heart of the artistic process. I also wanted to bring a story to light that is neither well known in Canada, nor around the world, in order to raise awareness. My intention was to do something beautiful and raw, almost improvised, to capture the beauty of this native community in an honest way. Innu means “human being” and this project is essentially based on this term.