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architecture: June 2012 Archives

New Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou

creeculture.jpgIt's a weekend of celebration in Oujé-Bougoumou, a Cree community 750 miles north of Montreal. 

A beautiful new Cree Cultural Institute is holding it's grand opening celebrations June 7-9. 

This cultural centre has been a long time coming. Elders and community members have been working to make it a reality for more than a decade. 

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Director of Programs, Sarah Pashagumskum.
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The concept of the building is modelled after traditional Cree dwellings. It was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal. Cardinal also designed the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the First Nations University of Canada in Regina Saskatchewan, and many other buildings destined for use by First Nations people.

Listen to Douglas Cardinal's conversation with Jeanette: 
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The cultural centre comes at the right time, according to Matthew Iserhoof. 

He is one half of the Cree rock band CerAmony. (Pakesso Mukash is the other partner in the band.)

Iserhoof says with Jean Charest's Plan Nordthere is an increasing amount of pressure on the traditional culture and way of life of the Cree people. 

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Montreal's urban beach to be a "window to the water"

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Montrealers and tourists will soon have a new way to connect with nature. 

An urban beach will open June 14 at the Old Port. 

Clock Tower Beach is the work of landscape architect Claude Cormier

Cormier took inspiration from Paris Plages, as well as from another of his own designs, Sugar Beach in Toronto

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