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Minister Geoffrey Kelley hails the first Teweikan Music Gala as a success

Québec City, October 9, 2011 –Last night, Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs, attended the Teweikan Music Gala organized by Société de communication Atikamekw-Montagnais (SOCAM).

"The first edition of this musical event is a true success. I'm convinced that the gala will give First Nations and Inuit culture even greater visibility because it's an extraordinary showcase for Aboriginal artists and a great way to pay tribute to their talent. I hope that Teweikan will become an event that everyone interested in culture in general and Aboriginal culture in particular marks off on their calendar," said Minister Kelley.

The lively and colourful concert/awards ceremony held at the Capitole de Québec featured performers that included Philippe McKenzie, Samian, Shauit and Laura Niquay. The Minister had the honour of giving out two awards: the Public's Choice Award and the New Native Talent Award. For the Public's Choice Award, participants voted online from among 60 nominees on the Gala website. This year's winner was Denis Chachai, from the Atikamekw Community of Opitciwan. The New Native Talent award went to Laura Niquay for her song titled Kakinkwantcioc.

"I want to underscore Société de communication Atikamekw-Montagnais's excellent work and Florent Vollant's invaluable involvement. Without them, this wonderful project couldn't have happened. The Government of Québec is proud to have backed this initiative with a $21,500 grant," the Minister added.

SOCAM, a nonprofit organization formed to promote Aboriginal languages and cultures through a network of diversified services, plans to hold the event every two years.

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